Isaiah’s Rock will hold its annual Christmas grocery and toy giveaway on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Chino civic center.
It’s an event that calls for long hours of preparation by the charity’s founders, Charleen and Dave King, and their legions of volunteers.
But it’s the night before that Mrs. King enjoys more.
This year, Mrs. King expects 600 families to be camping on the civic center lawn on Friday night, Dec. 23. They will be happy and enjoying themselves, she said. Names will be drawn for recipients of the refurbished bicycles and toys the charity has collected and at 9 p.m., it will be lights out.
New bicycles and toys and the groceries will be handed out the following day. That event will be less relaxed and more businesslike as families are moved through the line to pick up their items, Mrs. King said. Last year, more than 400 volunteers served about 1,500 families, including 5,000 children. Every family received three or four toys.
Also distributed were more than 1,000 chickens, 700 turkeys and about 300 pallets of produce and canned goods.
The Christmas event follows closely on Isaiah’s Rock’s Thanksgiving giveaway, held the day before the holiday at Chino United Methodist Church. The groceries were packed the night before the event by 500 volunteers, mostly young people from area Key Clubs. Chino Kiwanis Club cooked and fed the volunteers, Mrs. King said. About 1,000 families were served, she said.
Mrs. King has been distributing groceries from various locations, including her home, for 30 years every Wednesday and Friday, she said.