(Orange County CA) – This week, Supervisor Katrina Foley and her team brightened the holiday season for Orange County families, seniors, and Veterans living in affordable housing, by distributing 1300 care packages to residents in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach, with help from our Marshallese youth.
Recipients of the care packages were presented with a reusable bag for grocery shopping, new coats and sweatshirts for children and teens, COVID-19 saliva test kits, masks for children and adults, hand sanitizer, and a gift card to a local grocery store.
Most of the items were donated through nonprofit organizations, local companies (including Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Stussy), the Orange County Health Care Agency, and Supervisor Foley’s 13th Annual Coat Drive; while the grocery store gift cards were paid for by the allocation to Supervisor Foley’s office of American Rescue Plan Funds that benefit Orange County’s most vulnerable residents facing food instability.
Said Supervisor Foley, “It was wonderful to surprise the families, seniors, and Veterans in our community with a truly beneficial care package. I hope that their holiday is a little more festive and that they know that our County cares. Food instability is a big problem and there are more than 400,000 Orange County residents that struggle to get enough to eat, many of whom are seniors. The gift cards help residents and support local grocery stores that the residents frequent due to their proximity.”
(Top Row: Photo 1 — Manuel Chavez, Constituent Services Manager for the office of Supervisor Foley and Council Member for Costa Mesa, a resident of the Towers in Costa Mesa, and Supervisor Foley. Photo 2 — Supervisor Foley alongside volunteers that helped to prepare the care packages. Photo 3 — Manuel Chavez delivering care packages. Photo 4 – A happy family at Casa Bella, Costa Mesa, receiving a care package. Bottom Row: Photo 5 – Resident of the Towers with Supervisor Foley. Photo 6 — Arlis Reynolds, Council Member for District 5, resident of the Towers in Costa Mesa, and Supervisor Foley. Photo 7 — Joy Brenner, Council Member for Newport Beach. Photo 8 — Care packages assembled by the Office of Supervisor Foley and volunteers, including volunteers from Orange County Employees Association)
The balance from Supervisor Foley’s American Rescue Plan funds were distributed as follows:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley - $50,000
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress - $15,000
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast - $50,000
- City of Buena Park - $70,000
- City of Costa Mesa - $200,000
- City of Cypress - $105,000
- City of Fountain Valley - $70,000
- City of Huntington Beach - $200,000
- City of La Palma - $70,000
- City of Los Alamitos - $70,000
- City of Seal Beach - $70,000
- City of Stanton - $70,000
- Cypress College Foundation -$50,000
- Fresh Beginnings Ministries - $23,100
- Hoag Memorial Hospital - $100,000
- Orange Coast College Foundation - $50,000
- Our Lady Queen of Angels Church (Helping Hands) - $25,000
- Power of One Foundation - $20,000
- Rossmoor Community Services - $70,000
- Share Our Selves - $100,000
- Wound Walk OC - $22,000
- Hoag - $100,000
- Save Our Youth - $20,000
Please contact (714) 559-8364 for more photos and a list of the Affordable Housing Communities that benefited from the care packages.
Supervisor Katrina Foley currently represents Orange County’s Second District, which currently includes Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated community of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley.