November 28 – December 24: The Montebello-Commerce YMCA is holding its annual Gift Wrap at The Shops of Montebello. YMCA staff and volunteers will wrap presents on the weekends, and will collect donations that will help benefit the YMCA financial assistance program, which helps families and children afford healthy living programs. For more information, please contact 323 887 9622.
Dec 1 – 17: The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA is holding its annual Toy Drive, which collects unwrapped gifts for its Preschool or Afterschool program participants (children 3-12 years-old). The gifts are delivered to the children by Santa at the branch’s annual Holiday Celebration & Potluck. For more information, please contact Ruben Vidales at 213 639 7447 or RubenVidales@ymcala.org.
December 8 – December 11: The San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA is offering Splash Ball. For program details, please contact 310 832 4211.
December 12: The San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA is currently collecting wrapped toys to give away at its “Holidays Around the World” evening event. For more information, please contact 310 832 4211.
December 13: Volunteers and staff of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA will be charter a bus and deliver donated toys and clothes to Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana. To make a donation or for more information, please contact CarolPfannkuche@ymcala.org.
December 14 – December 19: The Wilmington YMCA is also having a Splash Week. For program details, please contact 310 522 2100.
December 18 (5:30pm – 8:30pm): The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA will hold its 7th Annual Toy Giveaway, which draws over 3,000 kids from the Boyle Heights and East LA communities for an evening of caroling, yummy treats and of course gifts! The event has become an ongoing tradition and is supported by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Councilmember Jose Huizar and generous sponsors. For more information, please contact Omar Torres at 323 360 0381 or OmarTorres@ymcala.org.
December 19: The East Valley Family YMCA will hold its annual “Winter Wonderland,” which includes crafts, games, and a visit from Santa. For more information, please contact 818 763 5126.
December 19: The West Valley Family YMCA’s toy and gift drive for families in need will take place at the branch. To learn how to donate or for more information, please contact 818 774 2840.
December 24 (10:00am – 1:00pm): The Montebello-Commerce YMCA is also holding its 29th Annual Christmas at the Cannon program. Last year, this unique community event distributed 4,000 toys, served over 4,0000 meals and distributed food gift cards to over 800 families in need in the Montebello community. Registration is free, and must take place at one of the following locations: St. Benedicts Church, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, or Royal Paper Box Company. For details, please contact Mike Newton at 323 427 2900 or MichaelNewton@ymcala.org.
December 24: The Wilmington YMCA has partnered with the Rotary Club to collect and distribute toys and gifts to local families. For more information, please contact 310 522 2100.
YMCA Christmas Tree Lots are now open! Branches and locations include:
December 1 – December 22
Monday-Friday, 1:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm
15551 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (YMCA’s Simon Meadow property, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon)
The San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA
December 1 – December 24
Monday – Friday, 1:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am – 9:00pm
44B Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (Peninsula Shopping Center, at the corner Indian Peak Road and Norris Center Drive)
South Pasadena San Marino YMCA
November 28 - December 24
Monday – Friday, 2:00pm – 9:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am – 9:00pm
1713 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 90130
Westchester Family YMCA
December 1 – December 23
Monday – Friday, 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
8015 South Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
The Downey Family YMCA
November 28 – December 24
Sunday – Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm, and Friday & Saturday, 9:00am – 9:00pm
9066 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241 (Across from Stonewood Mall and West of Big 5)
The Torrance-South Bay YMCA
November 29 – Inventory is gone
Monday – Saturday, 9:00am – 9:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am – 8:00pm
20310 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503 (Located at the corner of Madrona Ave. and Del Amo Blvd.)
January 10 (10:00am – 1:00pm): The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA will be turned into a frozen winter wonderland for its annual Snow Fest. Come play in the snow, sled, make crafts, play games, enjoy hot chocolate and more! This is a free event open to the entire community. For more information, please contact 661 253 3593.