Helping Hands holiday drive hits a slow week

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After a brisk week one in December, the Helping Hands holiday drive hit the skids this week taking in less than $1,000.

Councilman Terrence Terauchi reached deep into his pocket and gave a generous $500 check to lead all contributors this week.

There were three $100 checks, from Henry H. Shimabuka, Anna Steuwer and one anonymous.

Giving checks of $50 were Judy T. Nakamoto and K. and O. Ota. Rounding out this week’s donors, Hisashi Nakada gave $25 to the holiday food program for the needy.

After a brisk week one in December, the Helping Hands holiday drive hit the skids this week taking in less than $1,000.

Councilman Terrence Terauchi reached deep into his pocket and gave a generous $500 check to lead all contributors this week.

There were three $100 checks, from Henry H. Shimabuka, Anna Steuwer and one anonymous.

Giving checks of $50 were Judy T. Nakamoto and K. and O. Ota. Rounding out this week’s donors, Hisashi Nakada gave $25 to the holiday food program for the needy.

With a total of $925 this week, the unofficial total for the Helping Hands holiday drive as of Dec. 8 is $16,430.

This week also saw the following groups give toys for needy children: Nader’s LA POPULAR Furniture Store, Gardena Nissan, and Mr. and Mrs. Denny Ward.

Food donations for the week were made by eight groups: Gardena Elks Lodge No. 1919, the Gardena-Carson Family YMCA, the Lions Club, Gardena Community of Christ Church, Doris Clark, the Gardena Baptist, Adult South Bay F.O.R., and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 40.

Week of Dec. 1

With a goal of $22,500 in monetary donations for the 2014 Helping Hands Holiday food and toy drive for the needy, the Thanksgiving Week proved bountiful. The South Bay F.O.R. Jr. Sports Association led all donors when they delivered a check for $1,090 to Hands coordinator Evette Wedlow-Benjamin.

James and Linda Hone gave a generous $500 to this year’s holiday program. First Southern Baptist Church on Marine donated $300, followed by $200 individual gifts from the Gardena Valley Lions Club, and Lutheran Oriental Church, Inc.

Last week, six separate $100 gifts were made by the Second Time Around Seniors, Richard and Virginia Castilla, Tommy and Miyoko Murakoshi, D. Watanabe, Donald Dear, and Glenn T. Shono.

Two $50 gifts were given, one from Charleta P. Williams, and the other from Frank and Lidia Onderka. Gail Kawato donated $30.

Besides the monetary gifts, a number of groups and individuals made food donations to the Hands fundraiser, and others to last week’s Thanksgiving holiday.

Kathy Kamio, Cub Scout Pack No. 203, B. Nakmacjo and the Day Spring Christian Center were big contributors of food. Pastor Oh, Sangkyu and Jesus Love Church of Southern California gave five large fruit baskets, and Pastor Ronderick D. Henry’s New Direction Community Church delivered 10 turkey baskets with all the trimmings.

The Human Services Department also acknowledged food donations from Boy Scout Troop 683, Tire Co. Inc., Distributing, LLC, Courtney’s School of Dance, and GameTime Elite Basketball Team.

Thanksgiving baskets were donated by the Kiwanis of Gardena Valley, and Bowman and Brooke LLP.

Remembering the children this holiday season, Nader’s LA Popular, and The Living Word General Assembly Church of the Firstborn of Jesus Christ donated toys

For the week, the Helping Hands Drive took in a spirited $3,020. As of Dec. 1, the season total is an unofficial $15,505.

More than 2,360 individuals living in Gardena, many of them children and seniors will not be able to enjoy the holidays without the food, gifts and toys that many of us take for granted,” Evette Wedlow-Benjamin, Helping Hands coordinator, said.

 

Helping Hands, which is a combined effort of the Elks Lodge 1919, Lions and many other service groups and churches in the City of Gardena, is now entering its 33rd year of community service, will make the holidays a bit more comfortable for those who are low income or unemployed.

 

You can assist with Helping Hands with food, new unwrapped toys or monetary donations by dropping them off or mailing them to:

 

Drop off or send donations to:

City of Gardena

Human Services Division

c/o Helping Hands

1651 W. 162nd Street, Gardena 9024

 

For more information, contact the Human Services Division at 310-217-9574.

 

For a great cause

Now in its 33rd 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.

Every year, Helping Hands receives 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.

            Week ending Dec. 8

Councilman Terrence Terauchi            $500

Anonymous            $100

Henry H. Shimabuka            $100

Anna Steuwer            $100

Judy T. Nakamoto            $50

K. and O. Ota            $50

Hisashi Nakada            $25

            (unofficial total for the season)            $16,430

            Toy Donations: Nader’s LA POPULAR Furniture Store, Gardena Nissan, and Mr. and Mrs. Denny Ward.

            Food donations: the Gardena Elks Lodge No. 1919, the Gardena-Carson Family YMCA, Lions Club, Gardena Community of Christ Church, Doris Clark, Gardena Baptist Church, Adult South Bay F.O.R., and Knights of Columbus Council No. 40.

 

            Week ending Dec. 1

The South Bay F.O.R. Jr. Sports Association            $1,090

James and Linda Hone            $500

First Southern Baptist Church            $300

Gardena Valley Lions Club            $200

Lutheran Oriental Church, Inc.            $200

Richard and Virginia Castilla            $100

Donald Dear            $100

Tommy and Miyoko Murakoshi            $100

Second Time Around Seniors            $100

Glenn T. Shono            $100

D. Watanabe            $100

Frank and Lidia Onderka            $50

Charleta P. Williams            $50

Gail Kawato donated $30.

            (unofficial total for the season)            $15,505

            Food donations

Kathy Kamio, Cub Scout Pack No. 203, B. Nakmacjo and the Day Spring Christian Center were big contributors of food. Pastor Oh, Sangkyu and Jesus Love Church of Southern California gave five large fruit baskets, and Pastor Ronderick D. Henry’s New Direction Community Church delivered 10 turkey baskets with all the trimmings.

The Human Services Department also acknowledged food donations from Boy Scout Troop 683, Tire Co. Inc., Distributing, LLC, Courtney’s School of Dance, and GameTime Elite Basketball Team.

            Thanksgiving food

Kiwanis of Gardena Valley, and Bowman and Brooke LLP.

            Toys

Nader’s LA Popular, and The Living Word General Assembly Church of the Firstborn of Jesus Christ.

 

            Week ending Nov. 24

Gardena Management Employees Organization $500

The Italian Catholic Federation St. Anthony Padua Branch No. 237            $500

Gary H. Motoyama            $200

Mrs. Iku Kiriyama            $50

St. Anthony Senior Group            $25

Ken Feuer – Rend Mediation Board member            $20

Rich Gomez            $10

            (unofficial total for the season) $12,485

           

            Week ending Nov. 17

South Bay Toyota            $1,250

El Camino Lions Club            $500

North Torrance Lions Club            $500

Gardena Valley Friends of the Library            $100

J.R. and Jessica            $100

Ladies Auxiliary to Gen. Rosecrans Post 3261            $100

The Haskell Family$50

Kim Nolan            $30

            (unofficial total for the season) $11,180

 

            Week ending Nov. 10           

June Eicker            $100

In Memory of Paul and Larry Greco            $100

Edith and Kenneth Shimokochi            $100

ER Thompson            $100

Allan and Patricia Lange            $50

            (unofficial total for the season)$8,550

 

            Week ending Nov. 3

John and Elaine Nichelson            $200

In Memory of Tom and Jan Gohata            $200

Anonymous            $200

Alton and LaVerne Knight            $100

Sons of Italy & Elaine and Eleanor Bersano            $100

Tom Parks            $100

            (unofficial total for the season) $8,100

 

            Week ending Oct. 27

Gardena Elks Lodge 1919            $4,000

Richard M. Kaya            $2,000

Terry and Betty Kennedy            $400

Loyce Holt            $300

Hoodlums Club, Inc.                        $200

Evelyn B. Nall            $200

Mas Fujita            $100

 

            Total            $7,200

 

Food Donations Nov. 27

Gardena Valley Baptist Church

156thStreet  School

The Living Word  General Assembly Church Of The First Born Of Jesus Christ

Shirley Tanaka

Carson Gardena Dominguez Rotary

Kathy Kamio

Cub Scouts Pack No. 203

B.Nakamacjo

First Christian Church

Brookwood Rool Goods

 

Food Donations Nov. 20

Food donations to the City’s food pantry were made the following groups:

Agape Faith Center/Living Word

Gasket Manufacturing Company

AThe Rowley Park Second Time Around Seniors Club

 Dennis and Julie Schwietrman

The First Presbyterian Church Preschool

MCHS Football Booster

 

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