Unity Shoppe Inc. will host the 36th Annual Unity Telethon, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The live broadcast on KEYT will feature appearances by Kenny Loggins, Brad Paisley, and Michael McDonald, as well as some surprise celebrity guests.

The community event highlights the giving spirit of the holiday season and helps transform lives daily. All donations directly fund programs and services that support neighbors in need all year long.

Several local businesses and organizations will gather to celebrate Unity in Our Community, with phone banks be manned by some of the organization’s top supporters. Volunteers from the National Charity League, Kenny Loggins Fan Club, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Berkshire Hathaway, and Union Bank will be standing by to take donor calls.

American Riviera Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust, Brown & Brown Insurance, Anderson’s Systems, and Home Improvement have provided sponsorships for matching minutes throughout the evening.

The Unity Shoppe is a lifeline for thousands of households providing groceries, clothing, school supplies, and job service support. It’s a way to help families in need while empowering them with dignity and choice.

Unity works with more than 400 local service agencies to identify families, children, adults, single-parent households, and seniors in need of services.

Clients have the opportunity to shop in a store-like setting for groceries that support a healthy and well-rounded diet, choosing foods they know how to cook, as well as other household necessities, personal care products and clothing.

Additionally, during the winter holidays, thousands of Santa Barbara County children, along with their families, select their favorite toys and gifts from Unity Shoppe’s Holiday Store. For more about Unity programs, visit unityshoppe.org.

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Marcia Heller, Noozhawk Copy Editor | @noozhawknews

— Marcia Heller is a copy editor for Noozhawk. Contact her at mheller@noozhawk.com.