Yesterday, thousands of families throughout Burbank joined millions upon millions around the world in celebrating Christmas by opening gifts and enjoying a special meal with those they love. For 537 Burbank families that may not have happened were it not for the care, compassion and hard work of the men and women of the Burbank Coordinating Council (BCC) and their legion of volunteers.
Since its establishment in 1933, the BCC has tapped the resources of local businesses, schools, PTAs, churches, nonprofit agencies, service organizations and individuals to help families in need. In 1946, working in conjunction with the Bureau of Public Assistance, the BCC launched their Christmas Basket Program (now known as the Holiday Basket Program) to provide food, toys and even Christmas trees to low-income families with school-age children.
Conducting food drives at markets that begin in the summer, the organization then matches up needy families with individuals and organizations that adopt families and provide additional food items, gift certificates and toys.