Holiday Baskets is our cornerstone program, which began in 1931 during the inception of Sandpipers itself. Each December, Sandpipers distributes over 100 baskets filled to the brim with household necessities, personal care items, clothing, and toys to families in financial need. These families are suffering true economic hardships and many have experienced recent traumas. When a basket is delivered, the family is actually receiving a carload full of necessities and gifts, and more than anything, a gift of the heart. Included in this basket are over $200 in Ralph’s grocery scrip and a $35 Payless Shoe Source gift card for each child.
Participating families are referred to us by our partner agencies. The social workers recommend those who are in the greatest need. Sandpipers also receive many donations of goods and financial support through individuals and local and corporate businesses. During Holiday Baskets’ distribution day at the Kiwanis Center in Hermosa Beach, community partners such as the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club, Manhattan Beach Amigos, Mira Costa High Interact Club, and Sandpiper Juniors come out and help the volunteers “adopting” a family to choose gifts and load their cars.
Sandpipers would like to thank the following companies for their generous corporate and/or employee sponsorships: 200 Pier Avenue, Animal Medical Group, Carlin & Buchsbaum, CEK Design, Intelsat, Kaminsky Real Estate Group, Manhattan Beach Dermatology, Manhattan Beach Vision Group, Morgan Jewelers, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, RKE LLP, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, Rubicon Project, Vista Sotheby’s, Wash Multifamily Laundry Services, and Weinstock Manion. Thank you, too, to all the individual donors who generously supported Holiday Baskets with monetary donations to help so many families in need.
Sandpipers would like to thank the following companies for their generous in-kind donations: Lisa Acker, Child’s Play Toys, European Wax Center, Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry, Green Hills Memorial Park, K Bell Socks, Katy Nickell, Noah’s Bagels, Orly International, Patterson Dental, Sony Pictures, Sweis, Inc., TCW, TJX, Vista Sotheby’s Reality, and Mitsue Yokota. Thank you, too, to all the individual donors who donated items for Holiday Baskets.
We thank you all for your continuous support and hope that you will participate in Holiday Baskets again in the future!