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Take 5 to Care – 2017 Holiday Season

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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 2017 “Take 5 To Care” holiday campaign.

On Friday, December 1, 2017, from 5am to 4pm, KTLA 5 and Stater Bros. are partnering for a food drive at two Stater Bros. grocery stores:

  • Stater Bros. Santa Clarita at 26900 Sierra Highway (map link)
  • Stater Bros. Chino at 6989 Schaefer Avenue (map link)

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, KTLA 5 has partnered with the Citadel Outlets for a day of food donation at the popular shopping destination.  Citadel Outlets is located at 100 Citadel Drive in Commerce (map link).

Items appropriate for donation at both events are listed below.

KTLA 5 has also partnered with the non-profit organization Shoes that Fit and Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood to provide new athletic shoes to all 900 students at the school.  Visit to make a donation now to assist in this campaign to help those in need.  We will be delivering shoes to the students on December 11, so get your donation in now, and be sure to watch live on KTLA 5 when the shoes arrive!

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 Feast of Sharing
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 21
Time: 6pm

Thanksgiving Day Dinner
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 23
Time: 11am

Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off
The 2017 holiday season’s red kettle campaign officially kicks off with this event at the Farmer’s Market at 3rd & Fairfax
Location: Farmer’s Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90036
Date: November 30
Time: 5:00pm

Toys for Tots
The Salvation Army has partnered with the U.S. Marines again to coordinate toy donations for kids in need
Date: All season long
Locations: Various
Visit for a map of locations

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: Thursday, December 7
Time: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters  – Big Christmas Party
A fundraising dinner for the charitable organization with games, dancing, music, arts and crafts, face painting, gifts from Santa and more.
Location: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles (map link)
Date: Saturday, December 9
Click for more info

Pet Adoption Drive
KTLA 5 will be live with our partners at the Pasadena Humane Society for a pet adoption event
Location: Pasadena Humane Society, 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (map link)
Date: Thursday, December 14

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, 7651 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90001
Date: December 16
Time: 4pm