Contact: Rob Barnes
Past president Robert Barnes' Home
220 South Arden Boulevard
Los Angeles , CA  90004
United States of America
Once again, it's the holiday season and time for our annual Give a Gift to Santa toy drive for the benefit of the Red Shield Club.
Give a Gift to Santa started quite a few years ago as a holiday gathering for our club that would also serve as a community service project that could include our children.  The idea then, as now, was to have a holiday celebration that would remind our kids - and us - of our goal of Service Above Self for children less fortunate than ours in this season of plenty.
The Red Shield Club is affiliated with the Salvation Army and our club has supported it for many years.  Their facility is located in the Pico-Union District and is an after-school tutoring and enrichment center that has been in place for over 40 years.  It is a refuge for the extremely disadvantaged children it serves and its director, Irene Lewis, is a long-time friend of our club and a most successful product of the Red Shield herself.
At our event, our children (and members, if Santa agrees) have the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and tell him their holiday wishes - but instead of receiving a gift, they give gifts to Santa for delivery to the annual Christmas party at the Red Shield Club.  For many of the children at that party, the gifts we give are the only ones that they may receive.
With that in mind, please bring unwrapped gifts for ages 5 through 12 to the meeting on November 30, or directly to the event itself.  (Please do not wrap the gifts, as the Red Shield Club can age grade the gifts)  Please note that the gifts should be non-sex-specific and that classic board games are a big favorite.
Give a Gift will be held at our home, located at 220 South Arden Boulevard, Los Angeles 90004 on Tuesday, December 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  We will serve refreshments and light fare, and please feel free to bring your children, grandchildren and other young friends.  Santa will be there in full regalia and Irene will receive the gifts and tell us about current events at the Red Shield Club.
Kathleen and I look forward to seeing you, and if you could drop me a line if you plan to attend, I'd be most grateful.
Best holiday wishes,
Rob Barnes