California Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Riverside County, seems to be in the holiday spirit of giving — to some of those who need it most — and he is seeking constituents’ help.

Senator Jeff Stone

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Stone)

He is hosting a Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 15 and is encouraging attendees to bring donations of gift cards. They will be used to purchase holiday gifts for foster care youth in the Coachella Valley.  Though the donations are encouraged they are not required to attend.

Here in the Coachella Valley, approximately 65 children are removed from their homes each month as a result of abuse or neglect, according to For the Children. Given the large number of children entering the system, and due to the lack of licensed foster and adoptive families, many are placed outside of the area, away from schools, friends and life’s other familiarities that they hold so dear.

For the Children is a nonprofit organization that recruits and supports foster and adoptive parents, and relative caregivers here in the Coachella Valley, is actively working to encourage new families to open their homes and their hearts to the children in our area that are in desperate need.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Senator Stone’s District Office located at 45-125 Smurr Street in Indio

The event will offer the opportunity for casual conversation and also help those attending to learn more about the services the Senator and his staff can provide to their constituents.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP contact Josie Arechiga at (760) 398-6442.

Jeff Stone represents California’s 28th Senate District. The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.