Since 2005, we have led the effort to care for low-income and marginalized families in our community each Christmas season.
Each December, thousands of children in Orange County miss out on the joy of opening a present on Christmas morning, and many continue to go without basic items including fresh toothbrushes and clothes.
Bag of Hope Project, or BHP, aims to meet the need in a simple yet profound way: Inspire people to fill a bag with toys, school supplies, toiletries and other items, for a child whose family is homeless or in transition.
Our model is to pair individuals, families and organizations with a specific child or children, so they can personally fill a bag with items from a provided shopping list. Once filled, the bag is dropped off at our seasonal Work Center and then distributed by volunteers.We believe the act of hand-selecting items for the boy or girl being supported is what gives BHP many of its unique grassroots, community-oriented qualities. And the feeling of knowing the child has a gift to open on Christmas is what keeps people coming back each year.
What We've Achieved
- Since 2005, BHP has moved nearly $400,000 worth of goods in support of its mission to spread hope and Christmas joy
- Over 4,000 bags distributed by a network of volunteers
- Recognized by City Council Members and Anaheim School Districts as a valuable community support organization
- Provided opportunities for over 30 corporations and organizations to make an impact in their local community
- Increased awareness of and support for more than 2,000 low-income families in and around Orange County
- Mobilized thousands of passionate sponsoring participants each year