LUCERNE VALLEY – As Christmas approaches there are toy drives everywhere you look, just about all of them aiming to those under 12 years of age.
Pam Romero Hardwick, the founder of the Lucerne Valley YOUTH Project noticed this gap in services available for those in need so she decided to provide a thoughtful Christmas gift for those 13 to 18 years of age. Through the Lucerne Valley YOUTH Project; which is part of the High Desert Community Foundation, Hardwick provides teens from Johnson Valley to the East portion of Apple Valley with Christmas backpacks. These backpacks are filled with school supplies, hygiene supplies, socks, and a $25 Payless ShoeSource gift card.
The need is big, each year dozens of teen boys and girls sign up to receive their thoughtfully packed backpacks. Being a smaller non-profit organization in a community where the need is so great makes this an even greater labor of love. “As of right now, I have 14 girls and 38 boys signed up,” said Hardwick. “I try to never turn a teen in need away.”
Time is running low and Hardwick said that she still could use some help with boy socks, deodorants, and any other supplies that the community would like to contribute. Hardwick needs to have everything ready to pack by Friday, December 16th when herself and volunteers fill the backpacks.
The Lucerne Valley YOUTH Project has a paypal account for those who would like to contribute monetarily. They also accept donations through the mail to: Lucerne Valley YOUTH Project P.O. Box 1853 Lucerne Valley, ca. 92356. Those who need additional information or have items to donate should contact Pam Hardwick at 760-684-3382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Lucerne Valley YOUTH Project, or see their Facebook page.
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