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Where Your Neighbors Spend Charitable Dollars

The world is full of people in need yearround, and no time is that more apparent than during the holiday season. Submit information about ways to give back to the community or your favorite charity (email preferred) at [email protected] com. Include the name of the charity and its contact information, and your name and Mutual number.

Read on for your neighbors’ favorite charities:

Golden Age Foundation The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is staffed and run by volunteers who live in Seal Beach Leisure World. GAF’s goal is to make the community a better place to live through charitable works and free community service programs. The GAF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1973 to enhance the quality of LW life for LW residents. In supporting the community, GAF relies on donations of time, talent and funding from individual residents, groups and organizations. People can support the GAF by sending checks to: Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA, 90740; tax ID: 23-7273105. To learn more about the GAF, visit www.

Anna Derby, Mutual 5

Long Beach Rescue Mission The Long Beach nonprofit is working to provide 18,000 meals by Thanksgiving. Each $2.20 provided buys a plate of food and gives an opportunity for people to change lives: To end their hunger and to put homelessness behind them. To give, visit The Long Beach Rescue Mission is located at 1430 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA, 90813, (562) 591-1292, [email protected]

Lynne Lafleur, Mutual 6

Helping the Homeless Fill Trader Joe’s paper bags with items such as new socks, jars of peanut butter, loaves of bread, crackers, protein bars, bananas, a couple of bottles of water, plastic utensils, and a Thanksgiving card with $5. Keep the bags in your car to give to homeless people living on the streets.

Susan Hopewell, Mutual 6

Chrisian Outreach Appeal This charity helps the homeless. It’s located at 515 E. Third St., Long Beach, CA, 90802; (562) 590-8984, www.

Yvette Purdue, Mutual 10

Partners in Health This Boston-based charity is dedicated to improving health care. Tracy Kidder wrote the inspiring story of its founder, Dr. Paul Farmer, in “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” which became a popular best-seller.

Partners in Health received a top, four-star rating from Charity Navigator. To learn more, visit

Linda and Fred Fenton, Mutual 12

Mouth & Foot Painting Artists Mouth & Foot Painting Artists is a self-help association created by a small group of disabled artists more than 60 years ago. They were hoping to be able to earn a living through their artistic abilities to foster financial security. It is now an international organization.

Whether from birth defects or injuries resulting in paralysis, these artists create amazing work by holding a paintbrush with their teeth or between their toes.Visit for information on how to give.

Laura Arnold, Mutual 14

Mary’s Kitchen Mary’s Kitchen feeds, clothes and provides services that support and enhance the quality of life for the hungry and homeless. On a daily basis, it serves meals to 200-plus homeless men, women and families. It was started by an Irish woman who fed the homeless at a local park. I know first-hand all the good they do, as I was a volunteer there for several years. Visit MarysKitchen.Org or call (714) 633-0444.

Andree O’Brien, Mutual 17

Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) HHUG is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. It accepts donations of clean, used towels; new, unopened, travel-size shampoos and soaps; and lotions and disposable razors.

The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women. To donate any of these items, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 for pick up, or leave donations on her patio in Mutual 6, 62-A. These donations are delivered to the Long Beach Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families, including showers. To make a financial donation and to learn more about HHUG, visit

—Linda Neer, Mutual 2; Susan Hopewell, Mutual 6

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