OATS—Gardena Councilman Dan Medina, right, dropped off a bag of oats to Human Services (and James Kimmons, shown at left) recently on behalf of New Challenge Ministries Inc.

Company donates $1,500; local Buddhist Church gives $630 in big week for Helping Hands program

Gasket Manufacturing Company led the way with a hefty $1,500 donation to the 2018 Helping Hands holiday food and toy program this past week, which helped push the year’s total to $13,825.

In one of the most fruitful weeks of “giving,” Gardena Buddhist Church added a $630 check to the Hands program.

The big two were followed by generous contributions by several familiar groups and individuals. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gen. Rosecrans Post 3261 gave $300; Richard Castilla added $250; while the Gardena Valley Lions and the Gardena Valley Friends of the Library each donated $200.

A $100 gifts was donated by Ron Panter, and there were three $50 gifts: Hisashi Nakada, Rent Mediation Board Food 4-Less, and Frank and Lidia Onderka. Louis Y. Sakamoto added $25.

For the week, the Hands drive took in $4,205.

Hands coordinator Anahi Corte said the donation total for the year is $13,825, unofficial.

A number of toy donations will help to give needy children a bountiful Christmas. The list of toy givers is listed below.

For a great cause

Now in its 37th year, Gardena’s holiday food drive will benefit more than 400 needy families in the community, and will serve more than 1,700 people with grocery vouchers and gifts for the kids.

Sponsored by the city of Gardena in cooperation with the Gardena Valley News, the holiday food drive began in 1981 as a food basket giveaway to Gardena’s less fortunate.

In recent years, food vouchers to area grocery stores have replaced food baskets, which provides families with a greater selection of food items, including dietary and ethnic items.

Last year, Helping Hands received palettes of canned foods from various groups for the holiday.

The city of Gardena provides all staffing in the Hands drive and all monetary contributions go toward the holiday fund-raiser and the year-round food pantry. No money is used for administrative costs.

As in the past, the Gardena Valley News will publish a list of contributors, with a weekly update of new donors. For more information about Helping Hands, call 310-217-9574.

To Give


Human Services Division

1651 West 162nd St.,

Gardena, CA 90247

Phone: 310-217-9574


Donations as of Dec. 14: $13,825 overall

Gasket Manufacturing Company   $1,500

Gardena Buddhist Church    $630

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3261    $300

Richard Castilla $250

G.V Lions Club   $200

G.V. Friends of the Library   $200

Ronald Panter    $100

Hisashi Nakada   $50

Rent Mediation Board Food 4 Less        $50

Frank and Lidia Onderka      $50

Louise Y. Sakamoto     $25

Total: $4,205

Toys Donations for Week 5

Garrett Nishihira

Silverline Construction Inc.

Anthony Gonzalez

Denny Ward

Chelly Wilkes

Gardena Buddhist Church

Gardena Evening Optimist

Rent Mediation Board

Nader’s LA Popular Furniture

Rey Venavides

North High School Softball

Jessica Randle

El Camino Lions

Harbor Distributing LLC

Gardena Police Department

Empire Cleaning Supply


Arktura LLC

Gardena Memorial Hospital

Amy & Claire Kushigemachi

Donations as of Dec. 7: $9,620 overall

First Southern Baptist Church $500

In memory of Virginia Castilla $250

John and Elaine Nichelson    $200

Second Time Around Seniors Club $100

Laverne Knight $100

Wallin, Kress, Reisman & Kranitz, LLP: $100

  1. OTA & O. OTA $50.

Total: $1,300

Toy donations for the week were made by Garrett Nishihira and Bonnie Conner.


Donations as of Nov. 28: $8,520 overall

Naders LA Popular Furniture $250

Gary and Flo Motoyama $250

Mas Fujita $100

Robert and Catharine Hudspeth $100

Glenn T. Shono $100

Kenneth and Edith Shimokochi $100

Doreen Watanabe $100

In honor of parents, Dick and Cynthia Woods $100

Week Total: $1,100

Naders LA Popular also donated 2 boxes of toys

New Challenge Ministries, Inc. donated a bag of oats.


Donations as of Nov 21: $7,420 overall

The Italian Catholic Federation St. Anthony of Padua Branch No. 237 $600

Boy Scout Troop 683 $435

Anonymous  $200

J.A & J.H Randle $100

Efren and Dolores Sales $100

Allan and Patricia Lange $30

Lynette Watanabe $25

Week total, $1,490


Donations as of Nov. 14: $5,930 overall

Gardena Elks Lodge No. 1919: $4,000

Community of Christ Gardena: $1,000

Brian and Joyce Gohata (In Memory of Tom and Jan Gohata): $200

Canned goods donations as of Nov. 21 

“We would like to thank the following groups for their canned food donations: Agape General Assembly First Born of Jesus Christ Church, 156th St. Elementary School, Gardena Valley Baptist Church, Boy Scout Troop 683, Neighborhood Watch District 2, Jesus Love Church, Day Spring Christian Church, Nissin Foods, Impresa Aerospace, Harbor Distributing LLC.