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June 4, 2013

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June 4, 2013

I have seen first hand the affect of this amazing program. I grew up in Jurupa Valley and this program just doesn't help the needy. It brings our community together as a whole. The few weeks before Christmas they put on a parade complete with volunteer whom have made floats and dance as costumed characters. They do that to thank the community for their donations. Over the 20 years of the program they have helped over 1000's of families with food donations enough for two weeks, personal hygiene products for the family, school supplies for the children and 4-5 toys wrapped for each child personally addressed to the child from Santa. This program is all volunteered based everyone donates 100's of hours of their time to make this program successful.From shopping for the food, to organizing deliveries to, wrapping the presents for the children and gift tagging them. Then you have Santa and his small group of elves that visit the local hospitals on Christmas Eve to bring wrapped presents the admitted children and their families. Also making sure to stop in the lobby's at the hospitals to visit with those children too. This program truly makes you feel as though you may have many hardships a community can come together.

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I wouldn't change a thing.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 29, 2013

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May 29, 2013

As an educator within the community, I have observed the lack of resources a portion of our children have in regards to school supplies and hygiene products. About five years ago, I heard sounds of sirens repeatedly on my street, and went to the screen door to see what was going on. To my surprise, there was a parade of neatly decorated trailers, vintage firetrucks and holiday characters prancing in the streets. It truly made my night as I saw them wave greeting and welcoming the community to come together for some holiday cheer.
The following year, I noticed a flier on my mailbox with an event schedule and a brief description of the organization's history and focus of help. I started attending a few of their gatherings and learned that one of my friends who is also an employee of the local bakery, is an active volunteer with her father and have assisted in the organization's operation for years. Getting to know the organization and how many people they touch within our community and the surrounding areas with a limited amount of resources and man power is amazing. It is quite commendable the operation they pull off, not only providing donated toys to the children in need, but offering a substantial amount of food, hygiene products and school supplies for all family members approved for the duration of two weeks. Putting in countless amount of hours those volunteers only work for the satisfaction of the smiles and "thank you's" from the members of Jurupa Valley which is very humbling to see.
I have donated within the past and am completely happy to see this operation grow as the years go by, only showing the power of compassion for our neighbors that we should have more often.

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encourage through word of mouth and connect with more avenues for assistance in volunteering and reliable man power.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 29, 2013

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May 29, 2013

I have been involved with the Jurupa Valley Firefighters Adopt a Family Program for three years and it is an extremely worthwhile group to support. JVF Adopt a Family Program has several evening parades a week through neighborhoods hoping for donations of food, new toys, and money. Santa is pulled along in a sleigh by a ‘train’ both of which were made by volunteers. Last year, 80 families, after undergoing interviews for eligibility, were fully adopted for food and gifts, 45 of which had their deliveries made by Santa. Each family that is approved for a full adoption receives approximately 2 weeks of food, a holiday meal, hygiene items, school supplies, some special needs and of course toys for the children. The JVF Adopt a Family Program still helped families who weren't accepted due to lack of funding, by referring those families to other organizations. On Christmas a small group of the volunteers, including Santa, delivered toys to local hospitals to children who were admitted that night, as well as in the waiting room and urgent care. PLEASE help this worthwhile Program be able to assist more families!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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