Director of the Ventura County Rescue Mission John E. Saltee plays with children at the annual Easter basket giveaway event on Saturday, March 24. Hundreds attended the event and lunch.

Baskets and gifts were donated by local businesses and churches, including AGIA Insurance, DCH Oxnard, Girl Scouts, Premier Orthodontics, Shoreline Church and Trinity Presbyterian.

“Our local families appreciate our Mission because not only do we provide the basic necessities, but several times a year, including now at Easter, we provide for the entire family and allow a chance for their kids to just be kids,” Saltee said. “The ones who come to this event are very poor, and they look forward to this each year.”