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InnVision provides outlet for donations during holidays
text: Allison Williams

With the holiday season here, many people look for opportunities to spread good will or help their community. During this time of the year, meals and gifts are not easily attainable for everyone.

Maria Duzon of InnVision, a shelter network that helps return homeless families and individuals across the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula to permanent housing, said two methods are available to help homeless families in their network: financial donations and physical volunteering.

Duzon said that financial donations can be made on InnVision’s website, but personal options are available to make a financial donation, such as adopting a family or an individual.

Duzon said that adopting a family or individual is special because it is specific.

“(The gift) is really meaningful, like this was purchased for you,” Duzon said.

InnVision matches donors with a family or an individual.

Donors can also decorate and fill a basket for a family with non-perishable items and a gift card for perishables.

For those looking to volunteer their time, InnVision offers opportunities for groups. Groups can decorate shelters and sites.

Duzon said that some groups even bring Christmas trees and ornaments.

Other groups organize parties or provide and serve holiday meals at facilities without kitchens.

Duzon said that she recommends either getting a group together to volunteer or donate money.

On campus, the University Police Department hosts a holiday toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be donated in the UPD lobby or in donation boxes around campus until Dec. 6. People can also donate money or volunteer their time.

On Dec. 11, the UPD holds a wrapping day from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Delivery and pick up day is on Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. – noon.

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