December 2013

Media Contact: Jeanette Duncan (805) 540-2454 or Rochelle Rose (805) 699-7227

December, 2013

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is Ready to ‘Stuff the Bus’
on Wed. December 18 at 10 a.m.
To help Low-Income Kids during the Holidays

Santa Claus will make his 6th Annual “Stuff the Bus” parade ride down State Street in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. to collect hundreds of unwrapped gifts for 500 children from low-income families living at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) affordable housing properties on the South Coast.

On the December 18 parade day, Santa and Ms. Claus will travel in a decorated MTD bus, escorted by the Santa Barbara Police Department. The parade starts at Community West parking lot at 10 a.m. sharp at 1501 State Street (at Micheltorena) making stops to pick up toys and gift cards at selected collection boxes locations, such as Community West Bank, Starbuck’s at State & Victoria, Marshalls, and Hotel Santa Barbara.

Santa’s bus ride ends at approximately 10:30 a.m. at PSHH’s Ladera Apartments in Westside Santa Barbara where over 40 volunteers will participate in sorting and wrapping the toys and gift cards from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wrapped gifts for 500 children are then transported to PSHH affordable rental complexes in time for holiday celebrations.

Sponsors include Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, MTD Santa Barbara, Montecito Bank & Trust, Community West Bank, Citrix Online, Pacific Western Bank, Gray & Troy Insurance, Marborg, Javier Ortiz, Hotel Santa Barbara, Starbucks, Advanced Vetinary Specialists, Marshalls, Santa Barbara Signs & Graphics, ParentClick.com, Rincon Broadcasting/KTMS Radio/KTYD, Efren Fajardo Painting, NuAge Ad Group, McCarty Electric, Ayers Automotive, Santa Barbara Police Department, and others.

Toys have been donated in receptacle boxes are located at Union Bank and Community West branch offices, all 10 local Starbucks, Granada Books, Wells Fargo Bank, Pacific Western Bank, SB Museum of Art, S.B. Museum of Natural History, Saks Fifth Avenue, YMCA, Downtown Organization, Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners, Ayers Automotive, Marshalls, Fresco Café’ at Five Points, Montecito Bank & Trust, Hotel Santa Barbara, MTD Santa Barbara, and many others.

“Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s Stuff the Bus campaign collects and distributes holiday gifts for low-income kids. This is always a challenge, but together we can make a difference. For many of these children, these are the only gifts that they receive at this time of year,” stated event co-chair Vicki Young.

Peoples' Self-Help Housing provides affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California's Central Coast. PSHH has developed and now manages over 1,500 affordable rental units in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties. It has also provided first-time homeownership opportunities for over 1,200 working families. PSHH is the leading affordable housing developer on the Central Coast with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

If you would like to donate or volunteer contact Monica Scholl at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, 26 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara; phone (805) 699-7220, or email monicas@pshhc.org. Cash donations are accepted at www.pshhc.org/donate or by texting “BUS” Text “BUS” to 51400 to donate immediately.

For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing visit www.pshhc.org or call (805) 699-7227 or 540-2454.