The Gary Center is a community non-profit agency which serves more than five thousand individuals annually through core counseling, dental and auxiliary programs such as food distribution and education. It is our goal to provide quality, affordable community based services to families and individuals. Last year, we served more than 5,000 children, teens and adults through 20 programs and services, resulting in 22,000 client visits. Our primary emphasis is on child well-being and educating and supporting the entire family.
Did you know that $100 can help to feed over 150 families in our Food Distribution Program? Or that your donation of $100 can afford a family 10 sessions with our Counseling Department? And for the same amount, 10 children can get a cleaning and check up with X-rays from our Dental Clinic?
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This year’s Christmas Celebration for the Food Distribution families was quite a success! We had over 120 children receive gifts as well as our free Food Court, offering a variety: hot dogs, nachos, croissants, breakfast burritos, flan, cupcakes, hot chocolate and so much more. We had many Game Booths that offered prizes as well: Bowling, Bean Bag Toss and Face Painting. We even had a sighting of not just one but TWO Santa Clauses!!!! To see more pictures of the event, please see the side bar.
Of course, we know that this is a collaborative event that can only happen with the cumulative efforts of many. We’d like to thank the staff members who spearheaded the party – Oscar Ruiz, Food Distribution Manager and Ana Palafox, Program Coordinator, for their creativity and diligence in putting this together. Thank you to the volunteers from Gary’s Guild, La Habra High School ROTC members, Executive Director of The Gary Center, Pamela Austin, and other staff members, LKQ Corporation, Toys for Tots and the numerous Marines that were here to hand out the toys. And to the many vendors who generously donated their items:
Toys 4 Tots
Mc Donald’s – La Habra
Hometown Buffet- La Habra
Doug Martin Construction Contracting
Karen’s Cupcakes & Cakes
Iris Toledo and her delicious flan
Tacos el Monchito-Alejandra for the Tamales
Mrs. Ruiz for the yummy Hot Chocolate
La Habra ROTC
We are humbled by the outpouring of time, labor, energy and items that brought so much joy to the families that we serve in our community! A great time was had by all and we sincerely thank you!!
The Gary Center is still in need of a stove for their facility. If you know of anyone that has one available, we will pick it up any time. Thank you for your continued support!