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Holiday Charity Events

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During the holiday season, amidst the hustle and bustle of gift shopping and festive celebrations, it’s important to remember the true spirit of this time of year – giving back to others. Supporting holiday charity events and engaging in acts of kindness enriches the lives of those in need and brings a profound sense of fulfillment and joy to our hearts.

The season of giving presents a unique opportunity for us to spread love, share blessings, and positively impact the world around us. Whether it’s donating to a local food drive, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or contributing to a toy drive for underprivileged children, participating in charitable activities during the holidays allows us to express gratitude for all that we have while lending a helping hand to those who may be less fortunate.

These acts of kindness create a ripple effect of goodness, inspiring others to do the same and fostering a sense of community and unity. So, let us embrace the essence of the holiday season and commit to supporting charity events because together, we can make a difference in the lives of others and bring an abundance of warmth and compassion to those who need it most.

Charity Events

Nov. 29 – Wreath Auction. The annual Holiday Wreath Auction benefits The Center and the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

With a mission of creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ+ people along their way, The Center’s work stretches across the Coachella Valley. From its Palm Springs McDonald Wright Building to The Center Coachella, the Scott Hines Behavioral Health Clinic to the Community Food Bank. The organization offers a wide range of programs and services. With a talented staff, a dedicated corps of volunteers, generous donors, and multi-race/multi-generational clients, The Center’s work is focused on ending isolation and loneliness, connecting people to resources and community, and enriching our individual and collective experience.

This festive event raises funds through beautifully crafted donated wreaths from our community. You can preview and bid online for your favorite wreath or enjoy a special holiday show live at the patio of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge. 5:30 pm.  You may also donate a wreath.

Beautiful blue wreath for Christmas decoration is made from blue and sliver balls and hung on a white wall.

Dec. 2, Wine ‘n’ Wags Early. A pawsome organic/natural wine tasking benefiting Friends of the Palm Springs animal shelter. Taste over 70 wines from small producers from around the world. The will have local artists, fashion, chocolate, and more. Parking Lot at Grace Home Furnishings.  Tickets


Dec. 12, 13, 15,  16, & 17. Barry Manilow’s Concert –  A Gift of Love. Taking place at Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre, Manilow’s A Gift of Love VI concerts will feature his hit songs and holiday favorites for the sixth time to benefit 25 Coachella Valley charities. His past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a children’s choir, Santa Claus, and even snow! Tickets

Gold Tickets. Limited to 40 tickets each night. $1000 each, with $400 credited to the charity of your choice during checkout. Gold Tickets are located in the first three rows of the theatre. Gold Ticket holders are invited to a post-show champagne reception and photo-op with Barry in the theatre’s Founders Room.

Platinum Tickets. Limited to 16 tickets each night. $2,000 each, with $1,200 credited to the charity of your choice during checkout. Platinum Tickets are located in the first row of the theatre. Platinum Ticket holders are invited to a cocktail reception (and picture) with Barry in the Backstage Christmas Court.

Non-package Tickets. In addition to the VIP tickets, there are also regular concert tickets priced from $69.99 to $499.99.  At the time of purchase, you can designate your favorite charity (from the list of 25) to benefit from the purchase of your tickets.  For each of these individual tickets, 25% of the face value is credited to the designated charity.

AAP – Food Samaritans
Angel View
Animal Samaritans
Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center
Boys & Girls Club – Coachella Valley
Boys & Girls Club – Palm Springs
College of the Desert Foundation
DAP Health
Desert Symphony
Guide Dogs Of The Desert
Jewish Family Services
Lifestream Blood Bank
Loving All Animals
Manilow Music Project
Martha’s Village & Kitchen
McCallum Theatre Education
Negro Academic Scholarship Fund
Oswit Land Trust
Palm Springs Search & Rescue
Paws & Hearts
Safe Schools/Desert Cities
The Judy Fund
The Living Desert

Barry Manilow Gift Of Love

Dec. 3 – 14th Annual Men of the Desert Fashion Show & Luncheon. Enjoy dudes, dogs, and designer fashions at one of the most popular charity events in the desert. All proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans Animal Rescue Program, which has saved more than 15,000 adoptable, at-risk dogs and cats. Join the fun at the Palm Springs Air Museum and help save the life of animals in needs. Tickets

Animal Samaritans men of the Desert lunch

Toy Drives

Toy Drive Hosted by the Saguaro Hotel to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs

toy drive

The holiday season inspires generous hearts to give to others in need, and the Saguaro Palm Springs is welcoming the delivery of unwrapped toy donations for the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs now through December 11, 2023. Anyone bringing their donation to the Saguaro Hotel, located at 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, before December 11 will receive an El Jefe VIP Card – which allows patrons of the Saguaro’s El Jefe restaurant to receive a 15% discount any time they show the card when dining at El Jefe.

Unwrapped toy donations can be brought to the front desk at the Saguaro any time of day now through December 11. Toys will be placed under a lit and decorated saguaro tree in the hotel lobby. The Saguaro will also be inviting the Boys & Girls Club Palm Springs’ kids to the hotel on the afternoon of November 29 for holiday crafts and activities.

Raising Money for Group Trip: The Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs is seeking contributions from the community to help the Club reach its goal of raising $5,000 to take a group of teens to Disneyland in December. The trip is the ultimate reward for kids who have earned the most points for attending Club programs and activities. Teen Center members have been working towards earning a spot on this Disneyland field trip since the beginning of August, and it will be their first opportunity to have ever experienced ‘the happiest place on earth.

Destination PSP Open House: Another opportunity to donate to the Toy Drive is to stop by a Holiday Open House hosted by Destination PSP, located at 170 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, on December 10 from 3-6 p.m. Those who bring an unwrapped toy to the Holiday Open House that is valued at $20+ will receive a collectible retro ornament provided by Destination PSP.

American Legion Toy Drive

For Those In Need

Dec. 7, FIND Mobile Market. Find Food Bank offers food for those in need at the Palm Springs Convention Center east parking lot. 277 N. Avenida Caballeros.  4:30 – 6 pm.

Dec. 25, Christmas at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Volunteers will serve food, deliver gifts, and entertain those who attend this annual event put on by Well in the Desert. For more information contact The Well at 760-285-7297 or email Noon – 3 pm.

Dec. 25, Free Christmas Breakfast at Oscar’s.  All are welcome to Oscar’s in downtown Palm Springs, 125 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, for the annual free breakfast. Between now and then, donations of T-shirts, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste to assist those experiencing homelessness are being accepted. They will be distributed at the breakfast.

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