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‘Tis the season … for giving

By November 16, 2011

Giving back — Makenna Downing, 9, left, and her brother Noah, 8, donate their toys to Remi Vista. The donation bin is at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

While you’re out shopping for Uncle Lou and Granny, why not pick up a toy for a child in need?

For the first time Remi Vista Inc. Youth and Family Services in El Dorado Hills is holding a toy drive for the displaced children the organization serves.

“There’s such a need,” said Gina Downing, Remi Vista office manager. “With the economy (down) donations are getting more scarce.”

Remi Vista has about 25 children in its foster care program. “That goes up and down daily,” Downing said. The private, non-profit, which works with El Dorado County’s Child Protective Services to place children, needs toys primarily for adolescents and teens.

“We’re hoping to get as many new, unwrapped toys as we can,” Downing said, adding that toys the El Dorado Hills office can’t use will be sent to one of its other five California offices. “(The donation) will definitely go to a foster child.”

Drop the toys into Remi Vista’s donation bin at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. The welcome center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend.

Remi Vista has served El Dorado County for several years, moving to its El Dorado Hills location at 4993 Golden Foothill Parkway (El Dorado Hills Business Park) about four years ago. In addition to foster care, the non-profit provides social service programs, community counseling, supportive living services for disabled adults as well as children’s social skills and anger management classes.

“We are always looking for foster parents,” Downing said. “There is definitely a need here in El Dorado Hills, Carmichael and the northern Sacramento area.”

For more information about Remi Vista call (916) 941-8812 or visit remivista.com.

Noel Stack

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