Thanksgiving Food Baskets Provided to Children with Cancer
Photo Courtesy of: Stephanie Avila
Adrina Alvarez, 5, ready to take home her Thanksgiving goodies.
By Stephanie Avila
2016-11-29 at 20:03:49
2016-11-29 at 20:03:49
LOMA LINDA>> Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California distributed more than 130 Thanksgiving Food Baskets with all the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner and more than a week’s worth of food to families who have a child with cancer. Baskets were put together by various generous donors and delivered Tuesday, Nov. 22 to the Childhood Cancer Foundation office in Loma Linda to then be picked up by families. Every three and a half minutes a parent hears the devastating news, “Your child has cancer.” With these words, normal life stops and a difficult new journey begins; a journey that will test families physically, emotionally, socially and financially. "Families dealing with cancer use every last resource to fight the disease in an effort to keep their child alive," Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California said in a statement. "We are hoping to relieve some of the financial stress associated with their struggle to beat this disease by providing them with a basket full of food for not only the holiday but the rest of the week. It warms our hearts when the children come in and are amazed by the sight of all the yummy food they get to take home." Baskets were provided by various donors: San Bernardino Water Department, Allstate Insurance Company, Beaver Medical Group, Scottish Society of the Inland Empire, Bake Me Beautiful, San Bernardino Finance, IT, & City Manager’s, National Charity League, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Elena Klopfer, Ferrer Family, 12U Travel Baseball Team, Loma Linda University International Patient Services and Lisa Bates. Donors collected food for the giveaway and delivered baskets the in time for families to pick up their much needed meals. Receiving non-profit status in September of 1981, Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California, Inc. is now more than 750 families strong committed to serving children with cancer and their families throughout Southern California emotionally, financially, educationally and with emergency assistance. CCFSC works directly with the families to identify their need for support. Communication with another family experiencing this devastating disease is beneficial and CCFSC family events and activities provide the support.