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Support Holidays are for Sharing and Give Someone the Best Gift of All – HOPE

In looking back on the challenges the Lanterman community has faced in 2010, and in looking forward to 2011, the one thing that helped everyone – children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families, services providers and Lanterman staff – through and will continue to keep all of us going is HOPE. Hope that the economic situation in California will improve, hope that the situations of those less fortunate will ease, and hope that someday things will again be golden in the Golden State.

There are so many quotes related to hope and the importance of never giving up hope, but the following one by President Obama truly sums it up, “Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead, or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, work for it, and fight for it.”

Executive Director Diane Anand shares, “So as you think back on your 2010 and look forward to 2011, please take a moment to think about those in our community who are already struggling and continue to be further squeezed from both the deteriorating economic situation and the cuts in services and support. Even if you can only give a little, give what you can to this year’s Holidays are for Sharing campaign, so we can reach out to all of the children, adults and families served by Lanterman who need help during this festive time of year. Help us ensure that everyone in our community is afforded a chance to celebrate the season with a little good cheer, and you never know, your gift could give its recipients the best gift of all – hope.”

Please Help Us Share the Spirit of the Holidays and Give Someone Hope
For over 30 years, friends and families of Lanterman Regional Center have always risen to the challenge and have stepped up to meet the critical needs of members of our community who require a little extra help not only during the holidays, but throughout the year as well.

Generous donations from members of the Lanterman community may mean gifts for children or enough money for a holiday meal. It also means that the Center can provide emergency assistance throughout the year to our clients and families with food, financial aid and other necessities that we are not otherwise able to provide with the funds from our contract with the State.

Throughout the years, Holidays are for Sharing has made a significant difference in the lives of members of our community and there are several ways that you can help:

  • Donate online with your credit card at
  • Send a tax-deductible contribution in the form of cash, check or money order
  • Donate a new gift, art supplies, personal care items, baby products or a food/gift certificate
  • Adopt-a-Family and provide them with food and gifts for the holiday
  • Give through your company’s United Way program
  • Participate in “Matching Dollars” if your company has a matching fund program
  • Publicize the program through your business, club, church or service organization

Checks should be made payable to “FDLRC Holidays are for Sharing” and mailed to Holidays are for Sharing; c/o Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center; 3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700; Los Angeles, CA 90010. Gifts should be delivered unwrapped to Lanterman Regional Center.

For more information about Holidays are for Sharing, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 213.383.1300, x. 4926. Please know that 100 percent of your gift – whatever its size – goes directly to assist clients and families.