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2022 Holiday Giving Challenge

holiday giving challenge December 14th - 21st

5th Annual Holiday Giving Challenge

From Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, December 21, our FAS colleagues collaborated to contribute time and resources to worthy causes throughout our community. To see the amazing work that was done this year, please check out our 2022 Holiday Giving Challenge Report!

We continue to add giving opportunities each year!  If you would like to feature a worthy cause on our list, please submit it to Amber Giacalone at  Happy Giving!

Giving Opportunities

  • Animals

    Foster an animal over the holidays:

    LYFF - Love Your Feral Felines

    LYFF is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue group. LYFF mainly focuses on educating about and managing feral cat populations, fostering adoptable cats, and offering no/low-cost spaying and neutering of pets to north SD county residents. Our very own Amanda Umphrey has been volunteering with them for nearly 4 years! Amanda is happy to answer any questions!

    Check out the LYFF volunteer opportunities.

    Frosted Faces Foundation

    Senior Animal Advocates

    • Help socialize senior dogs onsite in Ramona
    • Join the Frosted Fakers Hike on Sundays in Ramona area
    • Foster a senior dog for two weeks on a Frosted Fling

    Last Chance at Life Dog Rescue

    • Donate items from the LCAL Wishlist
    • Walk dogs in Oceanside from 11:30-1:30pm

    Rescue Dog Transport or Fostering for Amazing Strays

    • Help get dogs to and from important vet appointments

    Snuggles Project

    • Crochet, knit or quilt blankets for shelter animals
  • Donations & Fundraising

    OHR's Angel Tree

    The Office of Human Resources has partnered with a local afterschool program to provide gifts during the holiday season to elementary students in need. Every child deserves a speck of joy during the holidays. The organization we have selected, offers free tuition to a safe and enriching after-school program for eligible families. Some of these families struggle with food, housing and/or financial insecurity. Let’s us be a child’s reason to smile this season.

    Beginning November 29th,  you can stop by the Office of Human Resources, Administrative 1200, and select an ornament. Each ornament will contain the profile of a child which includes their clothing size, shoe size and general likes – we do not require that each item on the list be obtained, and gifts should be valued at no more than $25. Wrapped gifts are due back to the Office of Human Resources no later than Thursday, December 15th at 2:00pm.

    If you are not onsite to pick up a child’s ornament, please email and we can provide a profile.

    Brother Benno's

    • Donate lunch goods that Brother Benno's uses during their weekly lunch distributions OR new children's pjs and stocking stuffers for their Children's Christmas giveaway

    Care Packages

    • assemble care packages to hand out as a random act of kindness

    CSUSM Sick & Vacation Time Donation

    • Donate sick and/or vacation time to a CSUSM staff/faculty member who may be in need of a catastrophic leave donation

    Feeding San Diego

    • Donate funds to help provide meals to families and children in San Diego

    Salvation Army Kettle & Bell - Virtual Fundraiser

    • Host an online Red Kettle drive

    Wishlist Giving:

  • Food & Clothing Drives

    Alpha Project Donation Drive


    • Organize donation drives for items like: hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc...), pillows, pillowcases, twin sheets, undergarments, socks, shoes, blankets and bottled water for distribution to homeless populations

    Blanket Drive 

    • Help PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) reach their goal of providing fleece blankets for local homeless populations.

    Holiday Basket Drive

    • Host a virtual or contactless drive through donation drive to provide coats, food, and blanket to North County families in need

    Mother Bear Project

    • Knit homemade teddy bears for children affected by HIV/AIDS in developing countries

    North County Food Bank

    • Host a food drive or donate a $5 Hunger Bag at check-out during your next trip to Albertson's or Vons

    SD County Food Bank

    Virtual Food Drive

    • Online shopping to donate via a SD Food Bank-hosted site

    SD County Food Bank

    Food 4 Kids Backpack Virtual Drive

    • Donate food to elementary school children living in poverty
  • Volunteer Work

    Brother Benno's

    • Pick up grocery donations from local stores, sort through donations, assist with donation distribution

    HandsOn San Diego

    • Find opportunities to sort children's books, arrange donations for military families, make no-sew fleece blanets, or help with a virtual Turkey Trot through this volunteer database

    Happy Mail for Arc of San Diego Clients

    • Write letters or send postcards to adults and children with developmental disabilities

    Holiday Cards for Hospitalized Children

    • Spread holiday cheer to children in hospital via Cards for Hospitalized Kids (CFHK)

    Meals On Wheels

    • Drop off warm meals to local seniors in need

    Operation Gratitude

    • Write letters or make holiday cards to send to service members serving overseas

    Salvation Army Kettle & Bell

    • Adopt-a-day to ring the Salvation Army Bell and raise money for those in need

    Women's Resource Center Thrift Store

    • Sort donations, help customers, and ring sales at the WRC thrift store

    Write a Letter to an Elder

    • Send homemade cards or letters of encouragement to senior community residents via Serving Seniors


UPD/EM/IRM Administartion Team

"When we give to others cheerfully, and accept our own blessings gratefully, everyone is blessed."
- Maya Angelou

  • Shopped for, prepped & served dinner to the approximately 50 current residents at Haven House Homeless Shelter in Escondido (11/30 & 12/5)
  • Shopped for, assembled, and delivered approximately 300 sack lunches to Interfaith Services for their food insecurity program. (100 sack lunches on 12/2, 12/8, and 12/14)
  • Made approximately 40 hand-made holiday cards; half were sent to soldiers serving overseas and half were delivered to a local senior home to give to residents who may not have visitors on Christmas
  • Sgt. Hernandez coordinated a "Toys for Tots" drive in the lobby of PSB from December 1 - 21