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Creating a Free Holiday “Shopping” Experience for Families in Need

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In today’s blog, Dr. Michael Omidi spotlights a one-of-a-kind program that provides the less fortunate with a free “shopping” experience for the holidays.

The holidays are a truly special time of year, when everyone is reminded of how fortunate they are. But for many families, the holidays are a somber reminder of their personal hardships.

Making the Holidays a Little Brighter

We’ve all heard the old chestnut, “It’s better to give than to receive,” and that’s exactly what the San Diego County Community Resource Center has committed to doing for families in need. This year marks the 32nd Annual Holiday Basket Program, the largest holiday distribution of its kind in San Diego County.

Like many holiday donation programs, the Holiday Basket Program collects food, clothing and toys to be distributed to those in need. What makes this program unique is that it provides a dignified and free “shopping” experience for families who might otherwise receive nothing for the holidays.

Holiday Shopping Reimagined

Local families in need are invited to come to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from Dec. 19 to 21 to fill shopping carts with donated items. This allows them to take part in the holiday shopping that many of us take for granted, while creating a memorable and happy holiday.

It’s often said that charity should be a focus year-round, and not just during the holidays. While this is true, for the less fortunate this time of year can be especially difficult. This wonderful program is helping to not only provide donated goods to those who desperately need them, but it also gives them the dignity of a traditional shopping experience that is unlike any other program. The San Diego County Community Resource Center deserves to be commended for the work they have done

The Holiday Basket Program is expected to help more than 1,650 local families. The donations for the program are currently underway and will run through Dec. 17. If you would like to make a donation of goods, money or even your time to the Holiday Basket Program, information on how to do so can be found on the Community Resource Center’s website. The website also includes information on how you or someone you know can be referred to take part in the program.

Here is a video testimonial from someone who was helped by this generous program. Enjoy.

Dr. Michael Omidi


Dr. Omidi and his brother, Julian Omidi, are the co-founders of No More Poverty.

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