2016 guide to Christmas resources in the Inland Empire

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iecn photo/yazmin alvarez Several Inland Empire organizations and groups will host Christmas toy giveaways for children and families in need in area communities.

Several organizations are spreading holiday cheer throughout the Inland Empire.

Non-profit groups, local businesses and some cities are hosting toy giveaways and free Christmas block parties in the upcoming weeks to ensure families do not go without this season.

The following is a list of free holiday resources for families in need in the Inland-area:

Christmas Toy Giveaways

Redlands

19th Annual Christmas Block Party

Dec. 10 — 10 a.m. to noon

Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Avenue.

Hosted by the Redlands Police Department, Quality of Life Department, local businesses and numerous volunteers, the annual event offers free gifts to children in the Redlands community along with food, bicycles, games and crafts.

Information: 909-798-7633

Christmas Dinner Luncheon for Seniors 60+

Dec. 15 — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lugonia Senior Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

Reservations are required and going on now.

Information: 909-798-7579

Fontana

Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy’s 11th annual Toy Giveaway and Resource Fair

Dec. 17 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Living Way Christian Fellowship, 16725 Valencia Avenue

Event will offer 500 turkeys and food bags to provide for a holiday dinner, 1,000 toys and community resources and vendors.

Information: 909-723-1695

Bloomington

Christmas Toy Giveaway

Dec. 18 — 10 a.m. to noon

Vida Life Ministries, 11608 Cedar Ave.

Registration is going on now and is required for the toy giveaway.

Information: 323-823-4762 or 323-351-3724

Riverside

14th Annual Toy Distribution and “Posada Navideña” for children 12 and under

Dec. 18 – Noon to 4 p.m. in Riverside

Hosted by the San Gorgonio Pass Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Entertainment, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, crafts, hot dogs, beverages and more.

Event is open to the public.

For location information: 951-849-9029

Victorville

Victor Valley Rescue Mission Christmas Toy Giveaway

Dec. 20 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 Seventh Street The Christmas event includes fun for the entire family and will feature Santa’s Village, crafts, games and live music.

The event is open to families with children 12 and under.

Registration is required and is available now through Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mission, 15572 7th Street.

Information: 760-955-5958

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