Take 5 To Care – 2016 Holiday Season

Assistance for the less fortunate residents of Southern California is always in great demand, and though the need lasts year-round, the holiday season is a particularly tough time for many. That’s why KTLA 5 has joined forces with local businesses and organizations to increase food and toy donations as part of the 2016 “Take 5 To Care” holiday campaign.

You can donate $5 to the less fortunate by texting CARE to 80077.  Message and data rates apply.  A $5 donation charge will appear on your mobile phone bill.  Stater Bros. Charities will distribute the money collected to local area food banks.


The Salvation Army Southern California Division and its iconic red kettles will occupy storefronts throughout the season. Much more than ambassadors of good will and symbols of hope, collectively through their efforts, millions of dollars’ worth of spare change is donated to help the less fortunate. Salvation Army events are also listed below.


We invite viewers to generously donate non-perishable food items that will benefit local food banks. The food collected will help all through the holiday season.

You can donate money directly to the LA Regional Food Bank by clicking here.

The following are the items needed most by local food banks:

Non-perishable canned goods or dry food:

  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Pasta
  • Hot and cold cereal
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Boxed potatoes

Personal care items:

  • Diapers
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Toilet tissue
  • Soap

**Please no glass containers or expired items**
To promote a healthy diet, whenever possible, we encourage donations of foods that are reduced in sodium, sugar or fat, and contain no trans fats.

Additional Events throughout Southern California

Salvation Army Holiday Community Dinner
Providing a warm sit-down meal with all the trimmings to 1,000 individuals in need
Location: Casa Vertigo, 1828 Oak St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015
Date: November 22
Time: 5pm

Thanksgiving Day Dinner
270 residents of the Bell Shelter, joined by their families will enjoy a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner
Location: The Salvation Army Bell Shelter, 5600 Rickenbacker Rd., Bell, CA, 90201
Date: November 24
Time: 10am

Day of Service
Salvation Army locations around the region will feature a toy & food drive and the Salvation Army’s new “Kettle Bug”
Location: All service hubs
Date: November 25

Toys for Tots Kickoff
The Salvation Army and U.S. Marines kick off the season with toy donations for kids in need
Date: November 26
Location: Toys R Us, 7102 Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens
Time: 8am-noon

Volunteer Toy Sorting
Come to The Salvation Army’s Bell Warehouse where you can help label and organize toys into bags to be distributed to deserving children in communities throughout Southern California for Christmas 2015.
Dates: December 8
Location: The Salvation Army Bell Shelter, 5600 Rickenbacker Rd., Bell, CA, 90201
Time: 9am to Noon

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train Toy Drive with Henry DiCarlo
Bring a toy for a child in need and receive tickets for activities in Santa’s Village at the Irvine Park Railroad. KTLA 5 Weatherman Henry DiCarlo will be on hand early that morning.
Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869
Date: Monday, December 5
Time: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Toy Distribution
The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots will distribute more than 4,000 toys to South LA families in need in this massive on-day holiday toy distribution event. Only families who have pre-registered will have the opportunity to select toys at this event.
Location: The Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth & Community Center, 7655 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90001
Date: December 19
Time: 9am to 3pm