Volunteers are needed to help deliver holiday baskets filled with gift
certificates, canned goods and toys to families through the Burbank
Coordinating Council’s Holiday Basket Program planned for Saturday, Dec.
More than 1,000 families will receive baskets this year, said Pat
Gunn, holiday basket chairwoman.
Local families are selected through the Burbank Unified School
District. The baskets are predesignated and designed to meet the specific
needs of the families, taking into account the ages of the children.
Donating baskets to the effort are churches, PTAs, local businesses,
individual families and 20 or more Girl and Boy Scout troops.
The effort is coordinated at the Burbank Armory, 3800 Valhalla Drive,
behind Fry’s Electronics on Hollywood Way. Those interested in delivering
baskets should arrive at 9 a.m.
Volunteers are needed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help complete
baskets for families who have not been adopted by individuals or groups.
Many items are also needed, including grocery store gift certificates,
toys (from birth to age 18), canned goods, nonperishable items, and
toiletries (tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, hand lotion, paper
towels, facial and bathroom tissue). The items can be dropped off at the
armory the day of the event.
Seeing the results of the program makes the effort worthwhile, Gunn
said. “The delivery cards come back with comments from drivers telling
about the people who are helped. Card after card comes in, the drivers
saying how grateful the families are, how nice they were and how the
children helped to bring things in.”
Gunn says hundreds of volunteers help with the effort, which was
started in 1946.
To avoid duplication, the Coordinating Council works with the Burbank
Salvation Army and Burbank Temporary Aid Center. The Salvation Army will
adopt 300 of the Coordinating Council’s families this year.
Members of The Retired Officers Assn., Verdugo Hills Chapter are also
sharing the giving spirit this holiday season by bringing unwrapped toys
to their monthly meeting Dec. 18 at Genio’s Restaurant in Burbank. The
toys will be given to the Burbank Salvation Army for its Toys for Tots
drive. Members of the Salvation Army will be special guests at the
Adding to the cheer to the event will be Elsie Anderson, well-known
Glendale accordionist, who will entertain with special holiday music.
Anderson, a UCLA graduate, has an exciting background. She has played on
the Ina Ray Hutton TV Show, the Freddie Martin TV Show and has done
segments on “The Love Boat.” She toured Europe and North Africa with an
MGM Studio Group that included Walter Pidgeon and Keenan Wynn. She also
has played campaign dinners for Gov. Deukmejian and is a substitute
teacher in Glendale schools.
The attitude adjustment hour stars at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:20
p.m. The cost is $14. For information or reservations, call Capt. John
Pastor at 848-0676 or Marion Gustavsen at 352-3668.
The luncheon meeting is open to all active duty military officers,
former officers, retired officers, members of the Reserve and National
Guard and their wives and widows.
Residents were on hand when officials of KCET Studios on Sunset
Boulevard in Los Angeles -- a historic landmark founded in 1912 --
unveiled a new digital broadcast facility during a recent ribbon-cutting
ceremony and reception.
The public television station moved its broadcast operations into the
Weingart Educational Telecommunications Center and it plans to offer high
definition television broadcasts from the facility by spring.
Attending were KCET Women’s Council members Mary Alice O’Connor and
her daughter, J.P. O’Connor, of Burbank and Dottie Kemps of Glendale.
* JOYCE RUDOLPH is features editor. Her society column runs each
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