Westfield UTC in La Jolla. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The County of San Diego Public Administrator/Public Guardian/Public Conservator’s annual Holiday Gift Drive has started, and Black Friday shoppers are being reminded that donations are being accepted.

The county office serves as the legally appointed conservator for people found by the courts to lack the capacity to manage their financial and/or personal affairs, do not have family members to assist them and who in many cases have been victims of abuse or neglect.

The gift drive accepts donations of items that can be given to clients during the holiday season and throughout the year. For many, it will be the only gift they will receive, according to county officials.

“Staff from the office will deliver the gifts directly to the clients, who most likely don’t have family members to spend the holidays with,” a county statement read.

Items to consider purchasing for donation:

  • Clothing for men and women (all sizes are needed) such as sweaters, sweatshirts with zippers, pajamas, beanies, slippers with rubber bottoms, socks, sweatpants or elastic waist pants
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Clocks/radios
  • Large print paperback books
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels and washcloths
  • 2018 wall calendars
  • Coloring books and colored pencils
  • Gift cards for local discount, department or clothing stores or pre-paid gift cards
  • Stuffed animals

Items must be new and unwrapped. They can be dropped off at the Public Administrator/Public Guardian/Public Conservator office at 5560 Overland Ave., Suite 130, San Diego between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Dec. 4.

The office cannot accept cash, but can accept gift cards that will be used to purchase specific items for clients. Businesses that have contracted business with the county are not allowed to donate.

For more information, call (858) 694-3500.


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