MEND Rolls Out Annual Holiday Basket Program

MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) of Pacoima will distribute Christmas holiday baskets for more than 1,200 pre-screened families from Dec. 11-14.

The baskets can include food, blankets, and toys for children ages 14 and under.

More than 600 volunteers participate in the nonprofit organization’s effort, with activities beginning with building a Santa’s Workshop and Toyland at the MEND Center, packing and distributing the baskets.

The toy and workshop begins Saturday, Dec. 5. On Dec. 11, “Santa” will arrive at MEND to deliver gifts. Other distribution efforts include home visits.

This year’s basket program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross.