Photos courtesy of Orange County Rescue Mission

Children who cannot fend for themselves are often the ones most affected by Orange County’s homeless problem. The Village of Hope and House of Hope, two of the Orange County Rescue Mission’s transitional living facilities, currently house more than 55 infants and small children from age 0-10. These children are the youngest and most helpless victims of homelessness in Orange County, and are in need of the most basic items from their community.

The Orange County Rescue Mission is asking the community to drop off urgently needed items at the Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in the city of Tustin, Calif.

Donations needed include:

  • Stage 1 Baby Food (6-12 months), Pedialite and Similac formula currently needed include:
  • Diapers of all sizes and Pull ups
  • “Free and Clear” detergent for babies/sensitive skin
  • Children’s multi vitamins, Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold medicine and lice kits
  • Basic bath towels and washcloths, single and crib sheet sets, pillows
  • Underwear and socks

“These items for infants and children are essential in helping parents in our facilities who are working to better their own lives; so they can once again provide financial and emotional support to their children,” explained Jim Palmer President of the Rescue Missions. “By donating these most basic children’s items, community members are

enabling us to use our resources to feed more people and touch more lives.  As a result, these donations will not only help the children, but also help us to put more people on the path to self-sufficiency.”

Individuals interested in donating needed items can drop off donations at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope facility between the hours of 9

a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To make a monetary donation individuals are encouraged to visit www.RescueMission.org.

The Orange County Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization that uses Biblical principles in its programs such as relationships, finance, and parenting. The Orange County Rescue Mission’s innovative facilities and programs provide food assistance and shelter in addition to counseling, education, job training, mental wellness, life skill training, and medical services to provide a solid foundation for the transition to a self-sufficient life. To make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Orange County Rescue Mission, please contact the Village of Hope at (714) 247-4300 or log on to www.rescuemission.org.