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'Tis The Season of Giving: Holiday Donation Drives In San Diego (2020)

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During this season of giving, you'll find lots of places where you can donate your time, money and gifts to others. You really should first choose which cause means the most to you and you'll be able to find an organization that would love to receive your generosity...whether that's children, homeless, military, elderly, sick or animals just to name a few.

This is a short list right now, but I'll keep adding to it as I come across donation centers. Please send me a message or DM here if you find any that I should add to this list.

FOOD DRIVE - Stuff The Bus

Drive away hunger in San Diego County by participating in the 13th Annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive! The COVID-19 pandemic has affected thousands of families in San Diego this year, and the number of people the SD Food Bank serves every month has nearly doubled to 600,000 due to the crisis. Donations are highly needed. Join us to help stop hunger in San Diego! Your food donation to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will help thousands of local families in need this winter.

HOW: Visit any Albertsons or VONS store and purchase critically-needed items for donation to the San Diego Food Bank. (Printable List) The Food Bank cannot accept any glass containers or homemade foods.

Vons: Donate a $5 prefilled bag of groceries

Albertsons: Donate any non-perishable food item or join the fundraiser virtually by shopping on the online portal!

Join our Virtual Food Drive by checking out items from the online store! Just pick the items you want to donate, drop them in the shopping bag to check out! All donations go directly to the San Diego Food Bank.

DATES: Dec. 7-12, 2020

WHERE: Any VONS and Albertsons Stores around San Diego County

CHILDREN - Toy Drive at Geppetto's, Seaport Village

Help the USO collect toys for kids by dropping off a new unwrapped toy in their red collect bin. I'm not sure if any other Geppetto's locations are participating, please let me know if you do.

DATES: December 2020

Geppetto's at Seaport Village

(not at The Headquarters across the street)

835 W Harbor Dr Suite C4, San Diego, CA 92101


USO San Diego


CHILDREN - Toy Drive at North County Mall, Escondido

The Escondido Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to local children and families who have been victimized by crime or other hardships.

HOW: Bring a new, unwrapped toy

DATES: Nov. 23 - Dec. 24

WHERE: The toy drop box will be next to the EPD squad car inside the center, near Target

280 E Via Rancho Pkwy, Escondido

HOMELESS - Drive-Thru Socks & Face Mask Drive

The San Diego River Foundation is collecting these not only to bring a little comfort to those who live along the San Diego River, but as a gesture to help build the relationships between the homeless and outreach partners. This will help connect them with a path to housing outside of the riverbed.

HOW: Bring NEW Adult Socks and/or Face Masks to donate during their drive-thru collection

DATES: Dec. 16, 2020 from 1-3pm


San Diego River Garden

3382 Camino Del Rio N, Mission Valley



Every year my @famdiego friends and I "adopt" families in the STEP Program that supports junior enlisted and recently discharged military families to help them become financially stable. Your family, extended family, co-workers, play date groups, church or any other group can also "adopt" a military family for the holidays. You'll be given a family's wish lists to shop for and then you'll return them to the STEP Program where they'll be distributed.

More Info: click here

DATES: Nov-Dec. 9, 2020


9915 Businesspark Ave., Suite A, Scripps Ranch


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