Dozens lineup for holiday giveaway in San Jose

Dozens of people waited in line for hours in front of Sacred Heart Community Service in hopes of making the holidays better.
November 8, 2013 12:26:35 PM PST
Dozens of people waited in line for hours in front of Sacred Heart Community Service in hopes of making the holidays better for their family.

The first people started lining up yesterday afternoon and the line grew to a few dozen going down the street and around the corner. The people are in line to sign up for the holiday food boxes and toys for their kids.

Sacred Heart Community Service workers say employment has rebounded somewhat, but the rent here in San Jose has skyrocketed. Many people are paying 10 to 20 percent more for housing this year -- taking away money for the holiday celebrations.

More than 4,000 people participated in the program at Sacred Heart Service last year - a record high and organizers expect similar numbers this year; 16,500 new toys were also given to children.

Sacred Heart Community Service says they have one turkey in their freezer right now and are relying on donations to help fill up the food boxes.


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