Service Opportunities in 2020

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

This Christmas, BCC is primarily focusing our efforts on helping the Salvation Army with ringing the red kettle bell. The bell ringing season is going on now and runs through Christmas Eve. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30/hour — enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries or shelter an individual for a night. There is an IMMEDIATE and GREAT need for bell ringers to fill two-hour shifts beginning at 9:00AM. This year, we will be serving outside Draeger’s in Los Altos and San Mateo, and the Starbucks on Main Street in Los Altos. We will be in masks and there is a cashless, contactless method for people to donate. Contact Paul Tokar to sign up or for more information: (408) 859-8214.



Our Life Groups are participating in Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family again this year! Each Life Group (or individual/family if not part of a Life Group) will choose the size and type of family they wish to “adopt”: a single-parent or two-parent family; a family with 1, 2, or more children; or a senior couple. Families must be adopted by Tues., Dec 1!

When you volunteer to “adopt” or sponsor a family, you will receive a profile from Salvation Army with first names of all family members and a list of items requested (with sizes and descriptions). You are not required to buy all of the items on their list, but at least one per member. The gifts need to be wrapped, with the family ID number on them, and delivered to Salvation Army (1161 S. Bernardo Ave. in Sunnyvale) on Tues., Dec. 15, between 9:00AM and 12:00PM.

The gifts provided for these families may be the only Christmas gifts under their tree, so please join us in helping these folks have a memorable Christmas.

Look for more info from your Life Group Leader, or contact Kay Tokar for details: (408) 857-9409 or



For questions about service opportunities, please contact Kathy Spillar in the BCC office: