Many military families will be separated this Christmas, but the city of Newport Beach wants to help make their holidays a little brighter.
To help ease the holiday blues, Yellow Ribbon America and the city of Newport Beach are encouraging residents to donate items to Orange County military members and their families.
Operation Christmas for Our Troops and Their Families was formed in Orange County in 2004 by Yellow Ribbon America to provide support to the nation's deployed and at-home service men and women, according to Brad White, national chairman of Yellow Ribbon America.
The city of Newport Beach has participated in Operation Christmas for several years. This year the organization is asking the community to donate new and unwrapped children's toys, new or used DVDs, gift cards and cash donations
Donations can be made at the City Clerk's office in City Hall until noon on Dec. 21.
If you are interested in donating to Operation Christmas, you can find more information at newportbeach.ca.gov.