Wish Tree

Please join Regional Center of Orange County this holiday season to help make a family’s wish come true…

RCOC coordinates services and supports for over 17,000 people in Orange County who have developmental disabilities – conditions such as autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy.  Many families in Orange County who have children with disabilities have very low incomes and cannot afford to buy holiday presents for their little ones.  Some adults served by the regional center do not have families and would not receive gifts outside the generosity of others.

For the past 25 years, the Orange County community gets in the holiday spirit by fulfilling the holiday wishes of people with disabilities through the RCOC Wish Tree program.

RCOC representatives work closely with each donor, sponsor and organization to ensure an easy and rewarding experience.  Envision the joy a lonely adult will feel knowing someone cares about him/her.  Imagine the squeals of delight as children receive gifts that you provided for them.  Picture the look of gratitude and relief on their parents’ faces – thanks to your generosity.

Here is a list of new items we are requesting to fulfill our remaining needs for this holiday season:
Sponge Bob toys
Barbies and other girl dolls
Coloring and paint-by-number books
Washable, non-toxic paint and supplies
Markers and crayons
Educational toys
Children’s books
Winter clothes (all  sizes)
Dinosaur toys
Xbox games
Shoes (all sizes)
Cars and trains
Balls
Musical/light up toys
Blocks
Puzzles
Elmo toys
Children’s movies
Plush animals
School supplies
Gift cards (Target/WalMart – any denomination)
Ipod
Car seat

The deadline for toy donations is Friday, December 7 so we can distribute them to our families before the holidays.

Gifts may be delivered to Regional Center of Orange County’s Main Office at 1525 North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana.

Brian’s Fund

If you cannot accommodate the Wish Tree program but would like to make a financial donation, RCOC has an alternative for you through Brian’s Fund.  These funds are used to help support the Wish Tree program and covers emergency and special needs that are not funded by any other source.  Brian’s Fund is named for a young man with a developmental disability who spent his 28-year life seeking to help others with disabilities.

Donations made to both Wish Tree and Brian’s Fund are fully tax-deductible.  All donations go directly to support people in Orange County needing help as RCOC covers ALL costs associated with administering the programs.

If you would like to participate in the Wish Tree program or Brian’s Fund and have questions, please email us at wishtree2@nullrcocdd.com or briansfund@nullrcocdd.com and a representative will contact you.

Thank you for your partnership in serving our children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Orange County.