Area food banks and social service agencies are collecting donations to help the needy through the Christmas and New Year's holidays. For a complete list, see www.mercurynews.com.

SAnta Clara County

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is asking for brand new, unwrapped gifts for families in its Youth Development Services Program and Domestic Violence Program/Asian Women's Home. AACI provides services for at-risk and high-risk youth impacted by substance abuse and gang activity as well as abused women, children, and men. The group is asking for $40 Target gift cards, toys, arts & crafts supplies, winter clothing, sporting equipment, etc. Car and monetary donations are also welcome. Donations made by Dec. 14 are much appreciated. Please contact 408-975-2730 x223 or dvvolunteer@aaci.org for a full wish list. For more information about AACI, please visit www.aaci.org

Alum Rock Counseling Center will have a virtual Santa's Workshop with age- and gender-specific toys and bikes for approximately 200 children aged from infancy to teens. In addition we would like to provide our families with a bag of holiday treats on the day of distribution. Donations of large rolls of wrapping paper, tape, ribbons and bows, baskets, tinned cookies, candy, non-perishable food, bottled water, and more. ARCC's drive ends on Dec. 14. Monetary donations are also welcomed as we will need to rent an on-site mobile storage unit to accomodate donations for up to two weeks. Contact Stephanie at 408-240-0070, info@alumrockcc.org (Attention: Stephanie) or go to