navidad_pic_1Each year, VELA partners with Navidad En El Barrio (NEEB), a non-profit organization that seeks food donations from major food companies in order to create food baskets for the Holidays. VELA has partnered with NEEB for over 20 years, to help provide food baskets to our community and community based organizations that provide services to low-income families.

neeb 2010 147 (435x800)Navidad En El Barrio started as one person’s hope of making Christmas a little brighter for needy families in the East Los Angeles area by providing them with a meal to enjoy for the holiday. Few envisioned the success of this charity and all the growth it would achieve in its future. This one simple gesture brings genuine enjoyment and hope to the hearts of these families who very often feel marginalized and forgotten by our society.

neeb 2010 075 (800x544)Since VELA began participating with Navidad En El Barrio, we have provided over 9,000 Holiday Food Baskets. VELA and other local businesses and community based organizations work together to identify families that can benefit from this highly celebrated charity. Volunteers and sponsors gather to participate in the assembly, packaging and distribution of food baskets. Looking into the eyes of the families who receive these baskets, one quickly sees that the small gesture of providing a Christmas meal does so much more than simply providing the family with food for a day or two.

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