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How this Auburn business gave up their holiday party to help charity

A financial group in Auburn is planning to donate $1,500 worth of toys to homeless children.

AUBURN, Calif. — Who needs a holiday party when you can help children in your community? That is precisely the thought Homeowners Financial Group had this year.

Staff at the Homeowners Financial Group decided that they would wrap gifts on Thursday instead of having a holiday party.

The company is planning to donate $1,500 worth of items and toys like blocks, a basketball hoop, a group teeter-totter, sand, and play patio to Acres of Hope, a homeless shelter for women and children in Auburn.

The CEO of Homeowners Financial Group Bill Rogers said the company found out how Acres of Hope needed extra help this season and decided to skip a holiday party, and instead help the homeless women and children supported by the organization.

Rogers said the holiday season is all about giving to those in need and hopes other businesses and people decide to help people in their community as well.

"We are a firm believer in giving back to the community, that's what everyone should do," Rogers said.

If anyone wants to help Acres of Hope, the organization has a Wish List this holiday season. The list includes developmental toys, changing tables, patio furniture, and, of course, volunteers.

Acres of Hope needs volunteers who are willing to donate their time and drive the families to stores for shopping, running errands, and helping the organization's clients get into homes and on to a stable life.

Homeowners Financial Group also decided to organize a Christmas party for Thursday afternoon, so clients of Acres of Hope. The women and children that receive services will have hot chocolate, snacks and activities to enjoy.

 "We have holiday parties all the time, they don't so that's why we do it," Rogers said. "It wasn't a hard decision for us; we all do it with love and joy." 

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