Pages Navigation Menu

Things to do in Orange County for OC Moms

Categories Navigation Menu

Help the Homeless Children in Orange County

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured, Giving Back | 1 comment

It’s Your Opportunity to Get Involved: Help At-Risk Youth in Orange County to Break the Cycle of Homelessness, Once and for All. When the Illumination Foundation was founded in late 2007, our vision to break the cycle of homelessness in Orange County was born. We are dedicated to leveraging innovative, integrated care and unique partnerships to provide local homeless families with health and housing stability. We’ve helped hundreds of Orange County families to get off the streets and in to stable jobs and homes, and for that, we are eternally grateful to the community for its support of our mission. We are especially focused on giving youth the tools they need to change their lives and accomplish their dreams. Known as the “neighborhood gem,” our Children’s Resource Center is located in the Tina Pacific area of Stanton, Calif., where...

Read More

Help Save the Summer Program for Homeless Children in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Family, Giving Back | 1 comment

The Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community to provide donations in order to make its annual “Summer to Remember” program a reality for 30 homeless children this year. According to Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, no donations have been made to provide the $25,000 needed to run the 2014 program, which provides homeless children with opportunities to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally with hands-on learning throughout summer break. “Homeless children are twice as likely to have a learning disability, repeat a grade, or to be suspended from school,” explained Palmer. “Many of the children who are now residents at the Village of Hope were recently living on the streets with their families. As a result, most of them have fallen behind both intellectually and socially, and are in deep need of...

Read More

Repurpose4Good – Not Just On Earth Day, But Everyday

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Earth Day, Family, Fashion, Giving Back | 0 comments

Have you visited your local Goodwill lately? I recently attended an event at the Lake Forest Goodwill during Earth Day, and was very pleasantly surprised by their transformations! Did you know they actually have 2 stores at the location (23740 El Toro Road)? On the left-hand side is the “main” Goodwill store, filled with racks of gently used clothing and shoes for men, women, and children, tons of glassware and knick-knacks, some furniture, and other home items. On the right-hand side is the “Keepers”, which has been recently redone as the 2nd “OC Goodwill Boutique”. This side is filled with brand name and designer items, mostly clothing for women, some shoes and bags, and men’s items as well. I also learned a lot of interesting facts about Goodwill that are worth sharing with you all! Did you know that...

Read More

A Sweet! Partnership with The Wyland Foundation Spreads Conservation Education in Los Angeles

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Education, Events, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

If you’re a frequenter of Laguna Beach, you are more than likely very familiar with the artist, Wyland. His large murals depicting whales and other marine life are prominent. With galleries in Southern California, Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, as well as Northern California, and murals across the country and internationally, Wyland is a world renowned environmental artist and conservationist. Through the work of his organization, The Wyland Foundation, he has made it his mission to educate the public, particularly parents and their children, on the importance of protecting the health of our world’s oceans and waterways. Now his message and his art have a new home for the first time in Los Angeles, through a partnership forged between The Wyland Foundation and Sweet!, a massive 28,000 square foot candy “emporium” located at Hollywood and Highland. This first of its kind,...

Read More

Local Youth Spread Autism Awareness on Global Youth Service Day

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Disney, Events, Family, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Youth Leadership Council at Pretend City Children’s Museum joined millions of other young people around the world to celebrate Global Youth Service Day, April 11 to 13, 2014. Now in its 26th year, Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. As the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries and all 50 states. The group of 18 committed high school students were rewarded the Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through YSA (Youth Service America) to create a short film on Autism Awareness. Grants were awarded to children and teens to lead projects that make a positive, lasting change in the world. The film that was shown at the Imaginology Youth Expo – OC Fair this...

Read More

Help Teen Girls Get Their ‘Sparkle On’ for Prom

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Events, Family, Fashion, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Teenage girls anticipate this one special event all year long. No, it’s not a spring break trip. Not a summer excursion. Think sparkling dresses, slow dances and punch. You guessed it…prom. Like me, you’re a “tad bit” past the age of corsages, over-the-top hair dos and heels that cause your feet to ache for days. Also like me, you probably have a few gently used formal dresses just collecting dust in your closet. If so, you can help teen girls from Olive Crest attend the prom in style by participating in the Second Annual Sparkle & Share in-store dress drive. Bring your gently worn bridesmaid, cocktail and evening gowns to Robbins Brothers now through Sunday, April 27. Robbins Brothers in Glendale and Fullerton will host special parties in celebration of Sparkle & Share on Saturday, April 19, 11:00 a.m....

Read More

Support Eagle Scout Project to Beautify School Campus

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Family, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

My name is Joshua Sherwood and I am a thirteen year old eighth grade student. I am working on my Eagle Scout project for Oxford Preparatory Academy in Mission Viejo, California where I attend. Oxford Prep is a charter school with an academic program based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Service-Based Learning. My project is to paint a new map of the United States and various word squares and literary games on the playground. This will contribute to an overall campus beautification project for the school. Not only will my project promote literacy, it will support the school’s foundation in multiple intelligences. The map and sight words will be used in a variety of ways which will support all students’ learning styles. I need to raise $650 to cover the cost of supplies for my project. Your...

Read More

Nominate Your Favorite Non-Profit For Minor Miracles

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Do you have a favorite non-profit? Now is your time to help them! ZeroRezSoCal gives back to non-profits in our community with their “Minor Miracles” campaign. With the campaign, they come into organizations to help clean homes or offices for free. They feel that by helping to provide a clean, healthy environment will help improve the lives of those making a difference in our community. Some of the previous recipients have been Working Wardrobes, U.S. Veterans Offices, Women’s Shelter in Huntington Beach and more. Since The Orange County Ronald McDonald House is my favorite local charity, I am going to nominate them for the Minor Miracles program. The organization has significantly impacted my family when my son was born premature and ill. Since there are often children living in the home that are undergoing severe medical procedures, having carpets...

Read More

Helping Homeless Children in Orange County with Project Hope

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Featured, Giving Back, Hot Topics, Parenting | 2 comments

Did you know that there are 28,000 homeless children in Orange County? Did you know that the number has more than doubled since 2006? Did you know that 87% of homeless children are enrolled in school but only 77% attend regularly? Did you know that 1/2 of all homeless children are behind in school by two years? It breaks our heart to say that all of this is true. While we live in one of the most wealthiest communities in the Country, we have one of the largest rates of homeless children fighting to survive. The Project Hope Alliance is helping to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. The Project Hope Alliance works directly with housing developers and private apartment owners to eliminate application disqualification due to credit/evictions. They help to provide support through payment...

Read More

What Disney means to the Make-a-Wish Foundation

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Disney, Family, Giving Back, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Company has played a strong role in supporting the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The Walt Disney Company is focused on creating a place for families to spend memorable moments together, but is also devoted to our community. In 2013, $370 Million dollars were donated, 667,013 VoluntEARS Hours spent giving back in our community by the Walt Disney Company employees, and 4 Million kids and families have been impacted. The Make-a-Wish Foundation begin in 1980, and the first wish was a child wanting to come to Disneyland. Since that first day in 1980, over 85,000 children have chosen for their one wish to be Disney related. Children have wished to go to Disneyland, Disney Cruises, meet a Disney Character or go to a Disney Premiere. As of today, nearly half of their 14,000 wishes granted annually are Disney related....

Read More

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Supporting Project Linus

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Featured, Film, Giving Back | 0 comments

The highly anticipated release of the film, Percy Jackson The Sea Monsters, on Blu-ray and DVD are officially here. The Twentieth Century Fox hit family film is supporting Project Linus this holiday season, and the OC Mom Blog team was honored to be a part of this special campaign. Our families came together to make Golden Fleece Blankets to donate to Project Linus. The kids all helped to tie hundreds of fleece edges to blankets that will go to critically ill children during the holiday season. When my youngest son was going through bone marrow biopsies while suffering from Neutropenia as a young child, the blanket that the hospital gave him from Project Linus helped to make his procedures more comforting. The blanket that he brought home from the hospital is the same blanket that he sleeps with every...

Read More

The Holiday Razor Secret Scooter Mission

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Christmas, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

One of the main focuses that I try to instill in my children is the importance of giving to others during the holiday season. It is a time for giving, loving and caring. We have done the adopt a family program for many years in the past, but this year I wanted to give back to our OC Mom Blog readers who needed some extra support this holiday season. Without all of you – we would not be where we are with this blog, and we are so grateful to all the support we have from Moms all around Orange County throughout the year. We are also thankful that Razor helped to sponsor the holiday Secret Scooter Mission that allowed us to surprise children all over Orange County, with shiny new Razor Scooters this year. We put out messaging...

Read More

Let’s Change the World with Club Penguin Coins for Change

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back, Tech | 0 comments

The holidays are a time for giving. A time for encouraging children to make a difference, and give back to others. Club Penguin is helping to empower children to make a difference in the world this year with their annual Coins for Change campaign. Happening right now on Club Penguin through January 1st, children can donate virtual coins the they earn while playing games on Club Penguin to give back. Club Penguin will donate $1 million USD from Club Penguin on behalf of the children who donate their virtual coins to ten real-world projects. Club Penguin has already donated $10 million USD to charities all over the world! Players will be able to donate their coins in order to fund projects that matter to them, such as: Toys and warm coats for kids in the United States A Clean...

Read More

Gorjana Necklace Benefiting Illumination Foundation (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Giving Back | 10 comments

The holidays are a time for giving back, and helping others. Gorjana Jewelry is helping holiday shoppers to give back to a great foundation, and surprise someone in their life with a beautiful piece of jewelry. 80% of all proceeds from the purchase of the Gorjana Flame Necklace will go directly to the Orange County non-profit, the Illumination Foundation. The Illumination Foundation is helping to break the cycle of homelessness in Orange County by providing stable housing, medical services, mental health counseling, case management, and food and clothing. I never realized how many people in Orange County are currently homeless, until volunteering my time at the Orange County Rescue Mission. The stories of the people touched my heart in a way that I never knew possible, making it my mission to help support foundations that care for the homeless...

Read More

Make the Season a Little Brighter for Those in Need This Holiday Season

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

Tinsel-covered trees, stockings filled to the brim and the ripping open of gifts are just a few of the holiday joys that our family cherishes each year. However, even more important is the opportunity to give to others in need during the holiday season. My daughters and I love selecting name tags from our church Christmas trees, and putting together Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. So, if your family is able to make someone’s life a little brighter this holiday season, here are a few organizations in Orange County that still need help: Alzheimer’s Family Services Center 9451 Indianapolis Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92646 714-593-9630 The Alzheimer’s Family Services Center is in need of holiday set up and decorating on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come decorate halls and the outside of the center with trees,...

Read More

How Families Can Give Back this Holiday Season in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The holiday season is a time for showing our thanks and giving back to our community. Involving children in community service projects is important to do throughout the year and during the holidays. These are some ways that your family can come together to give back this throughout the holiday season in Orange County.   Ronald McDonald House Orange County 383 S Batavia Street Orange, CA 92868 Host a holiday toy drive with your children for the kids living at the Ronald McDonald House. They will be allowing toy donations to be dropped off on December 13th from noon to 8pm, and December 14th from 10am to 6pm. Families can also purchase toys from the Ronald McDonald House Amazon wish list, and Amazon will deliver the toys to the house on your behalf.   Orange County Rescue Mission 1...

Read More

Macy’s Make-A-Wish Believe Campaign

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

Imagine getting to be a part of making a child with life-threatening medical conditions wish come true with Make-a-Wish. I have been fortunate enough to witness a wish being granted, and the organization will forever hold a special spot in my heart. This year, Macy’s, is supporting the Make-a-Wish foundation with their 6th annual “Believe” campaign. How can you help? Write a letter or color a picture for Santa with your children. Bring the letter to your local Macy’s store to be mailed. For every letter sent, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 Million to the Make-a-Wish foundation!! We invite all of you to be a part of this special campaign, and help make wishes come true this holiday...

Read More

Tickets Now on Sale for the Elephant Parade Auction

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Elephant Parade has raised nearly seven million dollars globally for Asian elephant conservation, and will only be in Dana Point for just a few more days. An estimated 50,000 people have visited the Dana Point exhibition thus far, and now locals have an opportunity to make one of the elephants their own at the Elephant Parade Auction. Tickets are currently available for the Grand Auction that will take place on Sunday, November 17th from 2pm to 6pm at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point. Tickets are available for $175 per person or $300 for couples, and may be purchased through [email protected] A selection of elephants will be available at the auction, while the rest of the herd will continue on tour to locations soon to be disclosed. Specific elephants may be made available at...

Read More

Donate Your Halloween Candy to Support Our Troops with Heartworks OC

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 1 comment

Heartworks OC is a local non-profit acts of kindness group that aspires to turn compassion into action by making connections in our community. We host many family friendly events, in the hopes of spreading the desire to help others, to our children. Get ready to fill shoeboxes, color pages and write personal thank you notes to support our troops in this fun event. Let’s say “Thank You” to our troops overseas! Family Event: Troop Box filling When: Sunday, November 3, 2013 Time: 2PM-4PM Where: Kite Hill Community Park, Laguna Niguel Suggested items to bring: *Left over Halloween candy (no chocolate please-it will melt ) ▪ Granola bars, protein bars, and other healthy bars ▪ Individual snack bags of mixed nuts, sunflower seeds, trail mix, peanut butter crackers, almonds, chips, Oreos and other cookies. ▪ Instant coffee ▪ Things to...

Read More

OC Suitcase Soirée Benefits Children with Autism

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

On Friday, September 20, Former MLB All-Star Pitcher Eddie Guardado, along with his wife Lisa Guardado, hosted the OC Suitcase Soirée to benefit children with autism. Eddie and his wife Lisa established The Eddie Guardado Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), in 2008 after their youngest child, Ava, was diagnosed with autism. Lisa and Eddie understand the emotional and financial hardships families impacted with autism experience and founded the Eddie Guardado Foundation to help other families receive access to therapy and treatments that they could not otherwise afford. In January 2011, The Eddie Guardado Foundation joined forces with ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), as both non-profits share the mission of providing awareness of and access to effective therapies for children with autism. Since their partnership began, the Eddie Guardado Foundation has enabled ACT Today! to provide an additional 100 grants to...

Read More

Monroe Elementary School Receives a Newly Renovated Library

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 1 comment

Target Corp. and The Heart of America Foundation has unveiled a newly renovated library at Monroe Elementary School. The renovated library will feature 2,000 new books and a technology upgrade, including new iPads. Monroe Elementary is one of 25 elementary schools to have been selected to receive a brand new library as part of the Target School Library Makeover program. If you’re not familiar with the program, here’s a fun infographic that shows you a look at the life of these projects. As part of this program, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. By reimagining school libraries and transforming outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning centers, Target hopes to ignite a love of learning and put more children on the path to high school graduation. The program also provides seven books for each student to take home following the...

Read More

Make-A-Wish Grants Wishes of Three Children in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Make-a-Wish of Orange County and the Inland Empire along with the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo will grant the wishes of three children in Orange County on Wednesday, September 25th. The premiere retail, dining and entertainment center will present the Make-a-Wish Foundation with a $15,000 donation raised during its annual Wines and Wishes Summer Tour and Mini Carnival over the Summer. The funds raised will go to grant the wishes of these three special children living in Orange County: Emma who is 6 and lives in Mission Viejo. She is diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Failure and her wish is to visit Disneyland Resort. Colin is 17 and lives in Huntington Beach. He is diagnosed with Immune Deficiency and his wish is to travel to Atlantis in the Bahamas. Sara is 10 and lives in Garden Grove. She is...

Read More

Join The OC Mom Blog Team for the 2013 CHOC Walk at Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured, Giving Back | 1 comment

What does CHOC Children’s Hospital mean to you? All my life, it was just a hospital that I knew cared for very sick children. The meaning of the hospital changed significantly for me after giving birth to my premature son Tyler. Tyler was a fighter, but without the care from the doctors and nurses at CHOC Children’s Hospital, he would not be here today. We are inviting all of our readers to join team OC Mom Blog on October 13th, at the 2013 CHOC Walk in the Park, to celebrate the lives of all the children who are here today because of the doctors and nurses at CHOC Children’s Hospital. All of the long days and nights that Tyler spent at CHOC Children’s Hospital while fighting his neutropenia, never felt long to him. The doctors, nurses, and staff at...

Read More

Raise Awareness with Your Children at The Elephant Parade in Dana Point

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

Your children will become an Elephantologist by helping to save the Asian Elephants from extinction at The Elephant Parade in Dana Point. We have seen these beautifully painted elephants throughout Dana Point, and while visiting the Tallships Festival, the kids got an opportunity to learn what the organization is all about. Over the past 100 years, scientists estimate that the Asian elephant population has decreased by over 90%. Because of their immense size, the Asian elephants need much more areas of natural habitat to live. They weigh an estimated 5.5 tons (that is 3 mid-sized cars!) The Elephant Parade features large elephant statues located throughout the city. All of the elephants have been designed by world renowned artists, iconic celebrities and community members. The Elephant parade has made previous stops in London, Singapore, Milan, and now right here in...

Read More

Support Parents that Lost Babies at OC Golf to Remember September 18th

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

Part of feeling at home where you live is having a sense of belonging and giving back.  A little over a year ago we relocated here. It has taken time to get settled as a family, but we are really at home now here in Orange County.  Some of you may not know that my husband and I lost our second son, Jaxon, to a stillbirth two days shy of 37 weeks.  We feel even more at home now as we will be walking in his name at the OC Walk to Remember on October 5th.  OC Walk to Remember is also holding their first ever OC Golf to Remember on September 18th. The OC Walk to Remember is a nonprofit organization that supports parents who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy.  The OC “Golf to Remember Tournament”...

Read More

Heartwarming Minnie Walk at Brings Joy to Children at CHOC Hospital

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The CHOC Walk is coming to the Disneyland Resort on Sunday, October 13th. The CHOC Walk, has raised more than $21 Million, to provide necessary resources, and health care needs that impact the children at CHOC Children’s Hospital. It has been a long tradition that Disneyland Resort has partnered with CHOC Children’s Hospital for the walk. Yesterday, Children who would like to participate in the walk, but cannot leave the hospital got to have their own “Minnie Walk.” “It is a walk that was created here, developed in this community, and embraced by the Orange County community,” said Graig Eastin, Vice President of CHOC Children’s Foundation. “People come in from all over the world to be a part of this experience because of what it means to the children. Last year, we had 800 teams, and over 15,000 participants...

Read More

You are Invited: 7th Annual Designer Runway

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

You are invited to attend the 7th Annual Designer Runway event on September 12th from 5pm to 10pm. Orange County’s top interior designers will create fashion forward outfits from fabric and trip in only 90 minutes at the event. Then watch the designers strut down the runway in front of celebrity judges while enjoying culinary tastings paired with wine. The 2013 Designer Runway will  have celebrity designer, Michael Berman as the Master of Ceremonies, and will be co-hosted by The Colton Company and LUXE Interiors. This special event will benefit the Council on Aging in Orange County. The event will be located at the Laguna Design Center at 23811 Aliso Creek Road in Laguna Niguel. Tickets are currently available online for $100 per...

Read More

Giving School Supplies to The Kids at The Ronald McDonald House with Champions for Kids

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Ronald McDonald House is a charity that is close to my heart. After having a sick and premature baby, The Ronald McDonald House played an integral role in helping the families that we grew close to while our baby was in the NICU. Not all of the children living at The Ronald McDonald House are terminally sick. There are also siblings who stay with their parents who are caring for their sick children. After making a meal last month for families living in the home, we learned that many of the siblings living in the home were in need of school supplies for going back-to-school. Since their parents are spending all of their hours in the hospital, they don’t have time to go shopping for back-to-school supplies for their other children. We wanted to help by giving school...

Read More

Volunteering at The Ronald McDonald House of Orange County

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Family, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

I grew-up spending a lot of time doing volunteer work in our community. My mother raised me knowing the importance of always taking the time to give back to our community. Now that I am a mother, I work hard to instill the same value in my children. Every summer, we plan a community service project to do together as a family. Both Amy’s family and mine spent a day volunteering at The Ronald McDonald House in Orange County. Why the Ronald McDonald house? It has a special place in my heart. When my youngest son Tyler was born premature, I never left the NICU. Sitting in a rocking chair watching my baby fight for his life inside of a plastic box while watching his monitors, I bonded closely with the mothers of the babies who were next to...

Read More

Five Ways to Support Ronald McDonald House

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back | 2 comments

Giving back is important for all of us to do and as families we can teach our children so many valuable lessons through volunteer work and the act of giving back.   Our families served a meal to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County last week and we are so thrilled to hear from so many of you asking how else you can support. Here are five easy ways to support the Ronald McDonald House. Cash Donations Life goes through busy times, but that does not have to deter your efforts to give back to organizations of your choice.  You can make cash donations to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House through their website or by mailing your donation to: Orange County Ronald McDonald House Donor Services 383 South Batavia Street Orange, CA 92868...

Read More

Simon Youth Foundation Awards Scholarship June 13th

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Giving Back | 0 comments

The Simon Youth Foundation helps to foster and improve educational opportunities, career development, and life skills that transform the lives of at-risk youth through the Simon Youth Academy at Westminster, which is hosting a graduation and scholarship presentation this Thursday, June 13. Simon Youth Foundation Academy at Westminster Mall will hold a graduation and scholarship presentation on Thursday, June 13 to honor the perseverance and accomplishments an at-risk teen. The Simon Youth Foundation Academy Scholarship Recipient this year is Michelle Lafuentehas who received a Simon Youth Foundation Academy Scholarship valued at $7,700 over two years. The scholarship is awarded to an individual who has worked tirelessly to earn their diploma, and seek to pursue their dreams in post-secondary education. SYF is a national non-profit dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities to youth. More than $1 million in Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships will be awarded...

Read More

Hunger in The Summer At The Orange County Rescue Mission

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back | 1 comment

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®, Odwalla, and Champions for Kids #cbias #SocialFabric. I have been volunteering in the community since I first started Junior High with National Charity League. I donated so many hours throughout my time in school that I was honored with a medallion for my community service hours at my debutant ball. Giving back to our community has been a lifelong passion of mine, and I want to instill the same passions in my kids by encouraging my kids to help other kids. When Odwalla offered me the opportunity to sponsor a food drive for a local shelter, I immediately went to my favorite place that supports homeless in Orange County – The Orange...

Read More

Family Activity to Honor our Fallen on Memorial Day

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Family, Giving Back | 1 comment

Our family is very patriotic and as parents we work very hard to instill a deep sense of gratitude in our children.  Gratitude for the freedoms we have.  Gratitude for our family, our friends, and all we have together.  Gratitude for our country. A friend asked me the other day if I knew the meaning of the Poppy flower for Memorial Day.  I was disappointed in myself that I could not articulate the actual meaning of the flower.  I knew veterans collected donations and distributed them each Memorial Day and have wonderful  memories of getting them each and every Memorial Day with my grandma and grandpa. But that was and is not enough… We drove around to find a veteran distributing poppies. We researched the meaning of Memorial Day, and the poppies, as a family over the Memorial Day...

Read More

‘Save the Children’ Supports Children after Oklahoma Tornado

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Giving Back | 0 comments

It’s Memorial Day weekend…a time to honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country. Yet for many of us this is a long weekend filled with family, friends, parades, cookouts, and togetherness. For those affected by the Oklahoma tornado, that is not the case. Save the Children’s U.S. emergency response team has set up a safe play area to ensure the needs of children in the impacted areas of Oklahoma are prioritized.  The recovery process is underway, but it will be a long road for sure.  The organization’s safe play area, called a Child-Friendly Space, is located at the Moore Community Center.  Save the Children will also be creating these safe spaces at additional shelters to help displaced families. As we enjoy a weekend of normalcy, it is important that we remember what families in Oklahoma are going...

Read More

Make-a-Wish Foundation 3rd Annual Walk a Huge Success

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Make-a-Wish foundation is one of my favorite local organizations to support. Once I saw the face on a child having their wish granted through the Make-a-Wish foundation, I realized how important this organization is to terminally ill children living in Orange County. Recently, the Make-a-Wish foundation hosted their 3rd Annual Walk for Wishes that was a huge success raising more than $170,000 between the 1,400 walkers that came to show their support. “We are overjoyed by the success of today’s walk,” said Stephanie McCormick, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. “It was thrilling to see such an amazing Orange County community presence and we are truly grateful for the support.” Walk For Wishes proved to be a day of excitement, entertainment and inspiration made possible by Trusted Choice, Mackenzie Corporation, Pacific Contours and...

Read More

Fundraiser Raises $35,000 for Children Battling Muscular Disorder

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Events, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On April 26th, Hope for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) raised $35,000 for children battling this muscular disorder at a special fundraiser. The San Clemente organization is helping families struggling with the costs of the needed 24-hour for their terminally ill children. SMA is the number one genetic killer of infants and children that is passed down when both parents have the abnormal gene.  Only one in 40 people carry the gene for this degenerative disease, and children have a life expectancy of two years after diagnosis. Many local business supported the auction and raffle at the event including Trader Joe’s, Disneyland, and Athena Spa.There was a musical guest appearance by Lizann Warner and The Alley Cats. “A Night of HOPE was a huge success for HOPE for SMA and the local families struggling with high medical costs,” said Julie...

Read More

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Rubio’s Restaurant on May 11

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Dining, Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Rubio’s, famous for their fish tacos, is headquartered in San Diego.  For their 30 years in business, they have always had a devotion to the ocean and sustainable seafood.  In continuing that devotion, Rubio’s is hosting a beach cleanup and party for the San Diego community in order to kick-off a month-long celebration of “World Oceans Day”, as well as Rubio’s year-long “Be a Friend to the Ocean” campaign. This fun family event takes place on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Oceanside Pier Ampitheatre at 200 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054.   World Oceans Day is June 8th so the cleanup and party are perfectly timed to help the San Diego area come together to celebrate the ocean.    Guests can also celebrate with Rubio’s by participating in online contests, events and more. This day long...

Read More

How to Help the Victims of the Boston Marathon

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was in Boston at the time of the bombings. The bombings directly affected me, my family, my friends and my community. The bombings affects all of us in Boston and across the Country. As my phone continues to ring from friends living in different parts of the Country, the same question is asked of me, “How can we help the victims of the Boston Marathon?” The streets of Boston have always been alive with the spirit of history, commerce, family and community. If we the people are the lifeblood of America, these streets are the arteries that sustain and carry us. As I looked upon the blood-soaked streets of Boston this past April 15th, I am reminded of the horrors of a battlefield. My generation has never experienced war within our borders. I fear that has changed. What...

Read More

Prego Ristorante Teaches Blind Children How to Cook

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The popular local restaurant, Prego Ristorante, taught a group of children from the Blind Children’s Learning Center how to cook last week. Eighteen children were given this special opportunity to make their own pizza all under the guidance of Prego’s Executive Chef Ugo Allesina. The visually impaired children ranged in ages from 4 to 6 years old. There were able to make their own pizza to take home and enjoy with their families. The students from the Blind Children’s Learning Center were given an amazing experience to learn vital skills needed to help with their development during the event. The children were able to have a full sensory experience of touch, scent and sounds. The Blind Children’s Learning Center has been helping to provide early intervention to visually impaired and deaf children for the past 50 years in Orange...

Read More

Arbor Day Family Event

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Events, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking for ways that your family can volunteer in the community? Your family is invited to celebrate Arbor Day at Creekside Park this Friday, April 26th. Families will have a special opportunity to plant trees at Creekside Park during this special event. The Aliso Viejo Community Association is sponsoring the event starting at 4pm. There is not cost or supplies needed to attend. Families are encouraged to come dressed in comfortable clothes with closed toed shoes. The park is located in the city of Aliso Viejo near Cedarbrook and Aliso Viejo Parkway. What is Arbor Day? Arbor Day is one day that families are encouraged to help our planet by planting trees in their community. Families can take action on this special day by planting one or a hundred trees. Planting trees will help make our Earth and communities...

Read More

Orange County Rescue Mission Brings Hot Meals to Huntington Beach

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Giving Back | 0 comments

Giving to those in need is something we can all support.  We were happy to hear that The Orange County Rescue Mission has expanded its service area and will now add a new location in Huntington Beach to its weekly Chili Van service.  The organization’s Chili Van will bring hot meals each Monday evening to the corner of 11th and Main Street in the parking lot for Lake Park in Downtown Huntington Beach. The OC Rescue Mission’s helps to feed hundreds of hungry men, women and children throughout Orange County. “Many homeless individuals do not have the means of transportation to make it to a soup kitchen for a hot meal,” explained Jim Palmer. “Through our Chili Van, we have created a mobile soup kitchen, which allows us to serve those in need by bringing the food service directly...

Read More

Students From Blind Children’s Learning Center Become Top Chefs For A Day!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Giving Back | 0 comments

Eighteen students from the Blind Children’s Learning Center will have the opportunity to be Chefs for a day at Prego Ristorante in Irvine, where they will get a lesson in Italian cooking from Executive Chef Ugo Allesina.  Chef Allesina is Italian-born with more than 25 years of experience. This amazing event happens tomorrow on April 17th at 10:30 a.m. at 18420 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612 (at Michelson; exit Jamboree off the 405). The visually impaired Pre-K and Kingergarten students range in age from 4 to 6 years old and will delight in receiving their own toques, or chef’s hats, as they create their own authentic pizzas.  Their foodie creations will be baked in Prego’s wood-fired ovens and packed for each child to take home to their families. After the students are finished making and baking their own pizzas, Prego Owners Tony and Ruth...

Read More

How OC Moms Can Help with The Tragedy in Boston

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The first thing that came to mind when hearing about the tragedy in Boston, was if my sister was safe. Since she lives and works in the city, I felt my heart stop when I got a text message from a friend telling me about the event. I was so grateful that she was safe, but heartbroken that so many we hurt, injured and had lost their lives. Immediately I wanted to find a way that I could help. Being that we live so far away, and there is not a lot that many of us can do to help – there is one way that we can all help. We can all take the time to give blood to the American Red Cross. Having a large amount of blood on hand is important, not just for this tragedy,...

Read More

Orange County Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Ronald McDonald House is one of my favorite local charities to support in Orange County. Having a child who was born critically ill and premature, the Ronald McDonald House took care of many of the moms I grew to know and love while our children were in the NICU together. On Sunday, April 7th the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County is asking for families in the community to come and support them in the Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids. Whether you sign to be a walker, a donor or both, your participation will help to care for families with seriously ill children. The Walk for Kids will be located at The Honda Center at 2695 E Katella Avenue in Anaheim on April 6th at 8am. (Registration begins at 6:30am) Registration and donations can be made in...

Read More

Help Support Seacrest Studios at CHOC with Mimi’s Cafe

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Events, Giving Back | 1 comment

This is not just another request to “like” a Facebook page, but a request to help a good cause…a cause that is close to my heart. Having a sick child is something that no parent is ever prepared to handle. When my youngest Tyler was born premature, he spent the first three years of his life in and out of CHOC Hospital. CHOC is more than a hospital to us they are our family, and the reason that Tyler is here today. Mimi’s Cafe is helping to support our second family at CHOC by donating $1 for every new Facebook “like” (up to $10,000) until 10am tomorrow to the Seacrest Studios at CHOC. The Seacrest Studios at CHOC will create a place for children to explore creativity in radio, television and new media. Having an outlet that can take...

Read More

You are Invited: Change the Story: The Compassion Experience

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Events, Family, Giving Back, RecentVideos | 0 comments

Teaching my children about compassion is crucial to me as a parent. I do a lot of community service with my children, in hopes that they will see a need for them to make a difference in the world. My hopes are that they will grow-up to change the world – to make it a better place. When I heard about this special event called “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience,” I was eager to learn more. It is a free event that brings guests into a different part of the world. A part of the world that our children may never see in India, Uganda and Bolivia. Each participant will be given an iPod and headphones before taking a 20-minute, self-guided tour of homes, streets, markets and schools in these Countries. The tour is narrated by a child,...

Read More

Giveaway: "Remember" with Rock of Eden Jewelry

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Fashion, Featured, Giveaways, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Elizabeth Hargreaves and Paddi Sharifian, two local OC Moms, and founders of Rock of Eden Jewelry have created a special “remember” necklace to honor the families affect by the Sandy Hook tragedy. The necklace is a symbol of support for those in Newtown who are left with only memories. Rock of Eden Jewelry is supporting The Sandy Hook School Support Fund with The Remember Campaign. With every purchase of a remember necklace, Rock of Eden is donating $50 directly to The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, a non-profit organization run by United Way of Western Connecticut. The silver and dark grey rhodium “remember” necklace comes with a matching dark grey sixteen inch adjustable chain. Customer’s can also make a direct donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund on the Rock of Eden website. Rock of Eden was formed...

Read More

Nominate a Young Volunteer for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

Do you know of a young child in our community who has committed their personal time to doing community service? Kohl’s is looking for kids ages six to eighteen who have made an impact on their community to award scholarships and prizes. More than 2,300 young children will be awarded more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships. Nominate an exceptional child ages six to 18 online. Nominations are currently being accepted until March 15th, and nominators must be 21 years or older. Winning categories will include: Store Winners: Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card Regional Winners: More than 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. National Winners: Ten of the...

Read More

Volunteers Building Playground for Children in Anaheim

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Disney, Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

More than 200 volunteers from the local community will join together on Monday, March 4 to build a new playground in less than eight hours at Schweitzer Park. The new playground’s design is based on drawings by children who participated in a Design Day event in January. Disney is committed to the health and well-being of kids and families, and supports KaBOOM! in its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. The existing playground equipment at Schweitzer Park is outdated and in need of replacement. The new playground will provide thousands of children from Anaheim with a safe place to play. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together community interests and business to construct more than 2,200 new places to play across North America. The new...

Read More

Inspiring Young Children to Get Involved with Community Service at Izzy’s Corner

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have always been passionate about getting my children involved in community service work at a young age. We have been limited to only a few organizations that allow children under the age of 16 to participate in like The Ronald McDonald House or The Make-a-Wish Foundation. Izzy’s Corner will be opening on March 2nd, creating a place for young children to get excited about community service work. Children can help the Second Harvest Food Bank inside of Izzy’s Corner by preparing healthy, nutritious meals for other children in our community. We encourage everyone to come experience this fantastic new addition to our community on Saturday, March 2nd from 11am to 2pm. Facts and images provided via press release on behalf of Caryn Bailey at Rockinmama and Izzy’s...

Read More

A Night of Beauty Fundraiser at Lotus Salon and Spa

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Beauty, Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lotus Salon and Spa hosted a festive fundraiser night last week in support of their stylist, Jill Guin’s, for her AIDS/LifeCycle charity ride. Proceeds from the evening of beauty went to support Jill’s upcoming charity ride and the AIDS/LifeCycle foundation. The evening featured complimentary beauty services for guests including mini braids, hair blowouts, mini facials and more. During the event, guests mingled while dining on cuisine from Pitfire Pizza and cocktails from Little Black Dress Vodka. There was a large silent auction where guests bid on various items where the proceeds went to the AIDS/LifeCycle charity ride. During the fundraiser, I was able to get a full manicure and see all the fantastic services that are offered at the Lotus Salon and Spa. The spa features an ultra-chic modern environment where stylists are doing cutting edge hair styles. Guests...

Read More

LA Kings Benefit Dinner for Kings Care Foundation

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Dining, Events, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fleming’s Steakhouse has partners with the LA Kings to host a fundraiser luncheon at L.A. LIVE on March 10th. The fundraiser has a goal of raising more than $150,000 for the Kings Care Foundation where all of the LA Kings are scheduled to participate. The event is scheduled for March 10th from 1 to 4pm and includes a four-course surf and turf lunch paired with Krupp Brothers wine. Guests will be welcomed by a red carpet and photo opportunities with their favorite Kings’ players. There will be entertainment, silent and live auctions, and more. Tickets to the fundraiser are currently available online for $750 per person, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Kings Care Foundation. Disclosure: Facts and press release provided by...

Read More

Third Annual Make-a-Wish Walk for Wishes Celebration

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Make-a-Wish foundation is one organization that I hold close to my heart. My life has changed after witnessing multiple wishes get granted through this wonderful organization. The Make-a-Wish foundation is preparing for their third annual Walk for Wishes celebration on Saturday, April 27th from 8am to 12pm at the Orange County Great Park. The walk will be held in conjunction with World Wish Day, the anniversary of the organization’s first granted wish. Registration for the walk and festivities is $25 now through 5 p.m. on April 12, and includes a Make-A-Wish t-shirt, food, and access to all of the day’s exciting activities. Starting April 13, registration will be $35 through Friday, April 26 at noon. After that time, online registration will no longer be available. On-site registration is $40 on the day of the walk. To register, go...

Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll Pasadena 1/2 Marathon Benefiting Cure Mito!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back | 0 comments

Runners united at the Rose Bowl on February 17th for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pasadena Half Marathon and Mini Marathon benefiting CureMito! Pediatrics. Musical sensation, Far East Movement was at the event, cheering on all the runners with their energetic music. Athlete, Deena Kastor ran her first race following her 40th birthday last week. She finished in the women’s category at 1:12:56, right behind the men’s winner Adam Kovacs of Hungary at 1:06:42. Many celebrities attended in support of the event including the cast of Grey’s Anatomy. Cast member Chandra Wilson has a daughter who suffers from the disease, so many of the staff came out in support of Chandra and her daughter. Disclosure: Facts and photos were provided via press release from Kaiser Permanente and...

Read More

Valentine’s Day Red Chili Recipe

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back, Recipes | 0 comments

Wondering what to prepare for Valentine’s Day dinner tomorrow? Still trying to find the perfect gift for your Valentine? Kohl’s is offering a Good Housekeeping Light & Healthy Cooking book for just $5 through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Not only will the cookbook be an excellent gift, but also help to give back to the community. Kohl’s has generously offered one of the many recipes featured in the Good Housekeeping Light & Healthy Cookbook for us to share with you! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:34] Everyone can feel good knowing that Kohl’s donates 100 percent of the net profit to children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the Kohl’s Cares philanthropic program has raised more than $208 million for children’s health and education programs in local communities across the...

Read More

March of Dimes March for Babies

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Events, Family, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every year, March of Dimes hosts a March for Babies in 1,100 communities across the country and the next walk in Orange County will take place in Newport Beach on April 28, 2013. Why should you get involved? Premature birth is a serious health problem in our country. One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States every year, and many of them will be too sick to go home. Babies that are born early face an increased risk of serious medical complications including death, and many will face weeks or even months in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). There are several risk factors for premature birth, but in approximately forty percent of all cases, the cause is still unknown, and sadly, premature labor is on the rise. Although many babies that are born early grow...

Read More

Support Operation Bear Hug This Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Postal Service wants to surprise 650 students at the John C. Thompson School (PS-52) of Staten Island and you can help. Following Hurricane Sandy, the school was closed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 19. Many children and their families lost everything. Today, the children (grades pre-K to 5) are working hard. Things are getting back to normal but will never be the same. Operation Bear Hug hopes to February 14th extra special by providing Valentines to every child in the school. Send your Valentine wishes to: Operation Bear Hug PO Box 10213 Staten Island NY 10301 Cards will be delivered to each child by the Postal Service’s “I Love You” Bear mascot on Valentine’s Day along with as many hugs as they can...

Read More

21 Days to Stronger and Healthier Teeth

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Family, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every six months we go to the dentist, and every time my youngest son Tyler has a cavity. We brush our kids teeth twice a day, limit their sugar and yet my youngest still develops cavities every six months. Now Tyler is not your average little kid. When we was born, he developed Neutropenia (where his body stopped producing white blood cells). Due to the Neutropenia, as his teeth developed they were not able to develop with the normal enamel that most children have on their teeth. His teeth have been weak and broken down since the day they grew out of his gums. With dental issues like that, it’s obviously important to make sure that regular visits to the dentist don’t stop, whether that means seeking out whole health dentistry treatment or just going to a regular family...

Read More

Free IHOP Pancakes for National Pancake Day

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Dining, Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. When: February 5, 2013 from 7am to 10pm WHY: For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. IHOP hopes to raise $3 million this year, with a goal to bring the total amount of funds raised to more than $13 million. To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com. WHERE: Free pancakes will be offered at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. National Pancake Day Fun Facts: · IHOP served four million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2012 and pancake lovers donated more than $3 million to children’s...

Read More

Giveaway: Hats Off to Helping Kids with Kohl’s Cares

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 13 comments

100% of the funds raised from the sale of the Dr. Seuss plush and the Kohl’s Cares Cause Merchandise, will go directly to help support children’s health and education worldwide. The Kohl’s Cares program has already raised more than $208 million for local programs across the Country. This Spring, Kohl’s will be offering hardcover editions of stories from the legendary author Dr. Seuss. The books available at Kohl’s will include the classics The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, Sleep Book and ABC’s and Happy Birthday to You! Parents can purchase a coordinating plush for only $5 each through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Kohl’s not only helps to donate funds to local charities, but also funds a scholarship program that has already donated more than $61 million to youth in our community. In support of...

Read More

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Interview

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Family, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On January 12th, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee oversaw a competition of five families from across the country in the Boys & Girls Club (BGCA) 3rd Annual Fit Family Challenge. The Challenge encompassed all three elements of BGCA’s signature Triple Play program – Mind (healthy eating), Body (physical activity) and Soul (healthy relationships) – which is supported at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country by Coca-Cola and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation. The Takanishi family from Honolulu were the winners and they received an all-expense paid family vacation to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shelby and I had the opportunity to Interview Jackie over the phone and are delighted to share the conversation with you! OC Mom Blog: What inspired you to become involved in this program? Jackie: I am a boys and girl club alumni...

Read More

Volunteer with your Children: Seal Beach Cleanup

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of my favorite community service projects that I have enjoyed doing with my children is participating in beach cleanups with the Save our Beach organization. They hold cleanups on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to noon, and children are welcome to participate! The next cleanup is happening this Saturday at 15 1st Street in Seal Beach by Rivers End Cafe. What to bring? Please bring garden/work gloves, reusable water bottle and trash grabber so we create less trash (all of these items can be found at most 99 cent stores). Their trash bags were donated by www.everybodygreen.com and were made from recycled plastic bottles. You’ll need to bring the bags back to the blue canopy and take out recycle items and then empty remaining trash into the blue dumpsters. They provide: free parking, bags, gloves,...

Read More

Help Families in Need This Flu Season

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Giving Back, Uncategorized | 1 comment

This has been one of the worst cold and flu season with a nationwide outbreak of influenza. There are many families in need within our community, who do not have the tools and supplies they need, to help fight the cold & flus in their families. Vicks has teamed up with the charity Baby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld, to distribute $25,000 worth of cold and flu products to U.S. families in need. Here’s how you can help: For every email, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest “Share” of its Cold & Flu Survival Guide from pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics fellow Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, Vicks will donate a Vicks® Behind Ear Thermometer and Starry Night Humidifier to the non-profit. Anyone participating can also enter to win a Vicks Starry Night Humidifier...

Read More

Club Penguin Cookies for Charity

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Dining, Giving Back, Tech | 1 comment

Our Children have been donating coins on the Club Penguin site for charity during this holiday season. Club Penguin is donating 1 million dollars to charities with the Coins for Change program and has already helped to do these wonderful things around the world: Lesotho – Children and families in Lesotho, Africa who are sick can now receive better medical support. Coins for Change funding supported programs at rural hospitals that serve tens of thousands of people and also funded a solar panel project at major rural health clinics that ensures people may receive medical treatment and surgeries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. · India – Charitable donations were used to build a watershed project in a rural farming village, an Agricultural and Community Center, Schools, Nutrition programs and alternative income programs that will ensure kids...

Read More