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Lakewood Cares is big success, with over 1,000 recipients, and lots of donors

Lakewood Cares is big success, with over 1,000 recipients, and lots of donors

On Saturday, May 9, Lakewood residents, businesses and organizations showed local families in need that the community truly cared, providing over 1,000 recipients with care packages at a drive-through event at Lakewood Center.

Pre-registered participants orderly queued up their cars in the Lakewood Center parking lot to receive milk, bread, a box of dry food items, a gift card from a Lakewood merchant, and dog or cat food if they had a pet. A deck of playing cards was also included to provide some added fun for families while at home more. Assembly Member Anthony Rendon provided custom face masks for many participants with the City of Lakewood logo and the words “Lakewood Strong.”

Lakewood residents generously donated over $10,000 to provide food and gift cards to fill the care packages. Lakewood businesses stepped in to provide a variety of items also.

Businesses and organizations donating:

  • Bimbo Bakeries
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Costco
  • City of Lakewood
  • George’s Greek Café
  • Grandpaws Foundation
  • Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
  • Grocery Outlet
  • Home Depot
  • Lakewood Center
  • Project Shepherd
  • Raising Cane’s
  • Assembly Member Anthony Rendon
  • Rock View Family Farms
  • Rotary Club of Lakewood
  • Target

“Lakewood Cares is an apt name for the event because our community truly does care,” said Mayor Todd Rogers. “Be it our local civic and service organizations, businesses or residents, we come together in good times and bad to support the community and those in need. This event was a success because of the efforts of so many who wanted to provide relief to those who are especially challenged during this health crisis. Thank you, Lakewood, for stepping up and bringing out the best in all of us.”

If you are in need

If you are in need, please see a list of local area clothing/showers/food distribution resources, as well as a list of LA County and Lakewood resources at www.lakewoodcity.org/LocalResources.

If you want to help

In addition to assisting with Lakewood Cares, Lakewood Project Shepherd provides emergency help to Lakewood residents in need year round. If you would like to help support their efforts, you can still make a tax-deductible donation with your debit or credit card at www.lakewoodcity.org/DonateLC.

If you prefer to mail a check, please write your check payable to Lakewood Project Shepherd and mail it to:

City of Lakewood
c/o Project Shepherd
5050 Clark Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90712

Donations are tax deductible.