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Read below to discover 12 different opportunities to partner with local ministries doing good and blessing those in need in Jesus' name this Christmas season.

1. Operation Christmas Child: Pack a Shoebox Gift*
Dropoff: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 • samaritanspurse.org

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver donated “shoebox” gifts around the world and to share the gospel. 
Pack a shoebox gift and drop it off at the Operation Christmas Child table in the lobby after worship services on Sundays in November. From November-December 16, shoeboxes can also be dropped off at the Southern California Processing Warehouse at 1560 E. 6th St. in Corona, CA.

2. Serve as a Greeter for “Christmas at Calvary”*
December 2,3,10,17,24,31 • calvarylife.org/christmas 

This Christmas, Calvary will welcome hundreds of friends and family that may not be followers of Jesus. We need friendly and welcoming volunteers to greet people, distribute programs, and help visitors find their way around campus.
To volunteer, contact the Connections and LifeGroups Pastor, Robert Carter at   

3. Wrap Toys for Low-Income OC Students
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 • gchope.org

Giving Children Hope is hosting a week of Christmas toy wrapping parties to give gifts to low-income and at-risk elementary students in the “We Got Your Back” program. Time slots to serve are available through the second and third weeks of December. 
Contact SueLynn at for info or to sign up.

4. Bring Joy to Senior Adults in Assisted Living*
December 9

Join Calvary's Retirement Home Ministry to bring joy to senior adults with memory loss in assisted living. We will gather on December 9 from 9:30-11:00am at The Groves Retirement Community (1262 Bryan Ave. Tustin 92780) to sing carols, do crafts and share a devotional.
For info or to help, contact Bob at

5. Encourage a Rescued Victim of Human Trafficking
Deadline: December 11 • grandmashouseofhope.org

Thanks to the OC Human Trafficking Task Force and local enforcement, there are currently 50+ survivors of human trafficking in OC being cared for this Christmas. To encourage the healing process, individuals or LifeGroups can provide holiday gifts for victims living in emergency and transitional housing programs (price range is $50-$75). You will receive a first name and wish list for each person you adopt.
To sign up, contact

6. KidWorks Christmas Toy Drive & Distribution
Deadline: December 15 • kidworksonline.org

KidWorks is a non-profit partner of Calvary Church, that serves families in one of the most challenging neighborhoods in our city. Encourage the kids of the Townsend Street neighborhood by helping supply Christmas gifts to those in need.
Dropoff a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl (ages 5-16) to KidWorks at 1902 W. Chestnust Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92703, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
For more info, contact Melissa at  .

7. Serve an OC Foster Child through Olive Crest*
Deadline: December 15 • olivecrest.org  

Join the “Be the Miracle” campaign by granting a wish or donating to a foster child. Your donation is an opportunity to remind kids they are valued, remembered and special to God and to us. Volunteers are needed from December 1-December 15 from 9:00am-6:00pm to help sort gifts.
Visit olivecrest.org and click “Be the Miracle” to find wishlists. Drop off at 2130 E. 4th St. Ste. 200, Santa Ana.
Contact Kyle at to volunteer.

8. Setup and Serve at the Calvary Missions Dinner
December 15 • calvarylife.org/reach 

Every December we invite our missionary partners who in town and missions volunteer to a Christmas dinner to thank them for their service. We need volunteers to help us set-up tables and serve during the dinner on Friday, December 15.
For info or to volunteer, contact Jill at

9. Angel Tree: Show Compassion to a Prisoner’s Family
December 16 • angeltree.org 

Angel Tree serves with Prison Fellowship Ministry to show prison inmates and their families the love of Jesus Christ. Join us for the 9th Annual Angel Tree lunch and party in Fellowship Hall at Calvary on Saturday, December 16 from 11:30 am-2:00 pm. Contact Barb at to volunteer at the luncheon.  Volunteers are also needed to help setup, host tables, serve lunch on December 16. Volunteers also needed to deliver gifts to children from December 17-23. 
Contact Barb at

10. Help Mothers Facing Unexpected Pregnancies
Deadline: December 22 • obria.org 

Obria (formerly Birth Choice) is a pro-life licensed medical center offering low cost healthcare to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies. Obria needs donations of newborn size diapers/clothes and prenatal vitamins. Donations can be dropped off to the Calvary Church office Mondays-Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm until December 22.
For more info, contact Matt at

11. Serve at the OC Amory Emergency Shelter
Mornings + Evenings in December • mercyhouse.org 

Mercy House’s OC Armory Emergency Shelter hosts 200+ homeless men, women and families nightly. Volunteers (must be age 13+) are needed in the evenings from 5:30-8:30pm and mornings between 5:00-7:00 am to serve meals at the Armory (612 E. Warner, Santa Ana, 92707).
For info or to volunteer, contact Sara at  

12. Join the Lake Dianne Apartment “Cares Team”
Nov. & Dec. monthly events • Lake Dianna Apartments 

Be a part of the Cares Team at Lake Dianne Apartments  (across the street from Calvary Church) as they provide biblical hospitality to its residents. The Cares Team needs volunteers to help at the November and December events which involve setting up tables and chairs, cooking, wrapping presents and helping run fun activities for kids.
To learn more or sign up to volunteer, email Ben & Sarah Harris at   

*serving opportunities suitable for kids, with adult supervision