Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Burbank Temporary Aid Center Mission Statement BTAC is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity, and to serve citizens of the city in times of emergency and disaster. As a conduit between the generous donors of the community, foundations and government resources, BTAC works to provide clients with help such as food, utility assistance, transportation assistance, emergency shelter (off-site and short-term), medical assistance, referrals to other community resources, and holiday outreach. Vision Statement BTAC strives to help create a community where the poor and working poor are able to access t...
Nov 7, 2016

The holidays are jut around the corner

Santa
Santa's Room is ready for shopping to begin.

Dear friends,

As we enter this holiday season of thanks and giving, we begin focussing on the gifts we might give to our friends and family.

Each year, hundreds of parents in the Burbank community worry about how they are going to provide food and gifts for thier children.  Children's anticipation of the holidays is like nothing else and parents feel that additional pressure to ensure the dreams are, at least partially, fulfilled.

That is where Burbank Temporary Aid Center's Santa's Room comes into the picture.  Dedicated BTAC volunteers create a "store', with rooms dedicated to books, dolls, age groups, etc.  Then, the parents, accompanied by one of those wonderful volunteers, actually 'shop' for thier children's gifts. I've included a few photos Santa's Rooms over the past few years.

When BTAC began using this shopping model, it was to help reduce the amount of time spent exhanging some of the gifts (selected by well intentioned volunteers) that were duplicates, wrong sizes, etc.  But the unexpected result was seeing the joy of each parent as they were able to personally select items for each child.  

Your support of this project helps make the holidays brighter for both the children and the parents.  Thank you for being part of this.  We hope your holidays are filled with happiness, joy and the warm feeling of knowing you are making a difference.

A volunteer displays a donated bicycle!
A volunteer displays a donated bicycle!
Volunteers are eager to begin shopping!
Volunteers are eager to begin shopping!
Dec 30, 2015

Parents were surprised by your generousity

Christmas is now behind us, but I need to let you know how much your support meant to the families who were helped through Burbank Temporary Aid Center's Santa's Room program.

PIcture a mother with two or three childen.  Under the best of circumstances, she worries about how she will feed, clothe and house her children and turns to BTAC to help fill those needs.  Now, it is holiday time - a time filled with expectations of gifts surrounding the Christmas tree.  She doesn't know how she will manage this extra expectation.  

Some organizations adopt families, but sometimes the items are not right for the children, but she decides to try BTAC's Santa's Room.  When she arrives for her appointment, she is met by a volunteer who guides her through a variety of rooms dedicated to books, dolls, sports equipment, etc. and she is allowed to select the gifts she knows will make her children happy!  She leaves with her car loaded with gifts, a smile on her face and a heart full of gratitude.  

Each year, as toys and gifts are donated to Santa's Room, there is always one or two areas where BTAC needs more - this year it was teenagers and five - eight year old girls. Your donation allowed BTAC to purchase items to fill in these gaps, so no one was left out.

Now, BTAC is receiving calls and notes of thanks for the Santa's Room gifts, and I wanted to share that thanks with you.   You, BTAC and our donors are part of the village that makes this program work.

Thank you for your support.  Have a Happy New Year.

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Oct 1, 2015

The holidays are right around the corner!

Although Halloween is still a month away, at Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC), we are already planning for the holidays.  This is the time of year BTAC begins working with parents who won't be able to provide holiday gifts for thier families.

Each year, BTAC gathers donations of new toys, games, clothing, and other gifts for children 0-17 years of age.  Volunteers work hard to create a 'store' with rooms dedicated to dolls, infants, book, teens, etc.  Then, the parents, accompanied by a wonderful BTAC volunteer, 'shop' for thier families.  They love being able to select gifts they know thier children will enjoy and appreciate! 

Members of the community donate many of the items, but each year, we run short and need to purchase additional gifts, especially for teens.  That is where your donation is used.  We are able to purchase gifts to fill the gap between what we have and what we need.

Ultimately, the parents leave with wonderful gifts for thier children, wrapping paper, stocking stuffers and the BIGGEST smiles on thier faces! 

Thank you for your past support.  I hope you will continue that support this upcoming holiday season.  And perhaps encourage friends or family to join you in creating wonderful holidays for hundreds of families.

 
   

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