On December 1, the first ever Spirit of Giving party was held at the High Desert Community Foundation to help nonprofits get the word out about the great work they do.
Live music was performed by local musician Maggie Vee and the Soul Pattern Projecct band. Maggie also has a project with the foundation, The Village Artists Collective.
The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which served to bring attention to the act of giving to help local efforts.
There were refreshment and prize drawings for participating non-profits including some $100 donations to some organizations.
High Desert Community Foundation executive director Lisa Lawrence said at least 16 nonprofits were there to hand out information.
Causes ranged from reading programs, food pantries, animal rescues, music and art programs, help for veterans and seniors, and more.
Their displays told the story for most of the visitors, who also had a chance to talk to some of the people running the organizations.
Party-goers could donate directly to a project that day, and received an extra raffle ticket every time they did so.
There were collection areas for people to drop off donated food, toys, and other items to help those in need this holiday season.
Squash 4 Friends, a nonprofit group located in Hesperia, cooked and provided fresh vegetable soup from the vegetables it grew. Live music was provided by the Soul Pattern Project and the Parade of Pianos.
The High Desert Community Foundation is located in the Spirit River Center on Apple Valley Road near Highway 18. Find out more at www.hdcfoundation.org, or give them a call at (760) 242-8877.