The Helping Hands program is a collaboration between The Associated Student Government (ASG) and the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) to assist our Saddleback students who may not have the resources to provide a holiday experience for their families. The program is confidential and provides an opportunity for members of our Saddleback College community to come together to lend a helping hand by providing gifts and food for participants. Our goal is to function as a bridge, bringing together donors and recipients alike, so that we might lift each other up, and support one another during a time of uncertainty and great difficulty.


How are recipients chosen?

The event is open to all students involved in the EOPS program at Saddleback College. Students submit applications, a statement of need, and their wish list for each of their dependents. We review applications and match donors with families to help get them requested items. 


Who can be a donor?

Anyone can be a donor. If you are a group or individual who has sufficient resources to assist others during the holidays, your help can make all the difference for a family.

How can I participate to be a donor?

It is simple! Fill out the form and we will match you with a family. We will send you a little about the family you are helping, the wish-list items, and instructions. Sign up to participate by November 30.

Form: 2020 Helping Hands for the Holidays Donor Form


While recognizing the need to help as many as we can, it is also imperative that we maintain the health and safety of all participants during this event. We are going contactless this year and asking all gifts to be mailed to campus so we can package them up to deliver to our participating families. You can also donate gift cards which will help families who have requested assistance with food or help us to provide more items for families during the holiday season.