Anderson Children's Foundation

Baskets of Love (Roman Catholic Bishop of SB)

Christmas Giveaway (2021-2022)

Our humble beginnings started when Fr. Don asked me if I could help a family in need during the Christmas season. The father of the family of three, with another one on the way, was a field worker and the mother, because of a heart condition and pregnancy, had to stop working as she awaited her upcoming surgery. I was happy to help and bought a few groceries, some toys for their 3-year-old and was able to get Sun World to donate fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Christmas for the needy in our valley has grown. We’ve helped hundreds of families and thousands of children over the past 28 years and have been blessed with many volunteers, some have been with me since the beginning. Just last year in 2020, even during the pandemic, we had 25 families which included 80 children. Our families come from our local churches, schools, and by word of mouth from people who know the program. We receive raffle items and receive monetary donations to provide each family with a gift card from a local grocery store along with toys, bikes, non-perishable foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables. This past year because of Covid-19 restrictions we were still able to have the families come to the church in Coachella and have a drive-thru event.

This year we look forward to celebrating our 29th year!

Contact: Rena Agoot Baskets of Love Coordinator
Phone: (760) 275-0029