Mia's family has been chosen as one of the many families the Salvation Army helps during their holiday season campaign, Holiday Dreams.
Through this campaign and thanks to generous donors, families in need are given the necessities to have a happy holiday season.
"We see this as a blessing that someone is willing to help when times are so bad," Mia said. "It's important to have organizations like the Salvation Army because when families need help they are treated like human beings and not looked down on."
Mia's experience has motivated her to give back when she can, she said.
"By supporting (the Salvation Army) we all benefit and better ourselves as a community when we pull together," she said.
To donate money: Checks or money orders made out to the Salvation Army can be sent to Holiday Dreams, c/o Pamela Hale-Burns, Press-Telegram, 300 Oceangate, Suite 110, Long Beach, CA 90844.
To donate goods, visit the Salvation Army, 455 E. Spring St., or call 562-426-7637.
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