Take 5 to Care – 2018 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 2018 “Take 5 To Care” holiday campaign.

On Friday, December 7, 2018, from 5am to 4pm, KTLA 5 and Stater Bros. are partnering for a food drive at two Stater Bros. grocery stores:

  • Stater Bros. Pasadena at 1390 North Allen Ave. (map link)
  • Stater Bros. Chino at 6989 Schaefer Avenue (map link)

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, KTLA 5 has partnered with the Citadel Outlets for a day of food donation from 6:00am to 4:00pm 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.


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
  • Canned soup
  • 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

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 15
Time: 9am-Noon

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 http://www.salvationarmy-socal.org/southern-california/toys-for-tots for a map of locations