Category: Take Action/Serving Your Community

Another way to give back

Another way to give back within our community is to Orangewood Children’s Home. Orangewood Children’s Foundation began over 30 years ago with a vision to build a facility to shelter Orange County children who were the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Today, our focus is on the ongoing needs of children in the foster care system, developing a wide range of activities, scholarships, support and programs to give every child every chance to succeed.

Here’s a wish list, if you could be so kind as to drop any one of these items off, A child would be so grateful this Holiday season. They are accepting donations through tomorrow, December 22, 2014.




Holiday Book Drive

Another way to give back ihis season ts by giving the gift of Litereacy. The Holiday Book Drive is Barnes & Noble’s annual program whereby customers can donate books to children in need, helping to give the gift of literacy.

Each store chooses its own local recipient group(s). The 2014 Holiday Book Drive runs through December 31.



CHOC Toy Drive & Prentend City

Pretend City will host a Toy Drive for CHOC until December 23, 2014. Bring an unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more to receive discount on admission.

Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Pretend City Children’s Museum is once again partnering up with the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit the patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital by collecting new, unwrapped toys!

Durable, cleanable toys are most useful in the hospital setting. For a list acceptable toys, please visit CHOC’s Toy Wish List.

  • Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Visit their website: for more information on admdission and hours.
  •  Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit. *One discount per ticket per toy; cannot be combined with any other promotions

Spark of Love Toy Drive

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ABC7 & Southern California firefighters celebrate 22 years of giving. Over the past two decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected more than 8 million toys. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.

The campaign runs through Christmas Eve, and our goal is to exceed last years’ collection of 450,000 toys.

Stuff-A-Bus events go a long way in helping reach our goal. And the biggest elf on this side of the North Pole, Garth Kemp, will be at each Stuff-a-Bus event to meet and greet viewers and participants as he collects new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment for children and teens!

The next Stuff-a-Bus event is right here in the OC 

Friday, December 19, 2014 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Honda Center
2695 East Katella Ave.
(818) 863-7220

Ways to Give:
  • Bring your new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment to one of our four Stuff-A-Bus events in Cerritos, Ontario, Canoga Park or Anaheim.
  • Drop off your new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment at any local fire station.
  • Donate online by going to ABC7 & Firefighters Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund

You can also support the “Spark of Love” by attending one of the following events. There will be plenty of Holiday cheer and some of your favorite Eyewitness News personalities. Please check our page often for more updates.
Thru Saturday, December 20
“Golf for Kids in Need”
Spring Valley Lake Golf Club
13229 Spring Valley Lake Pkwy.
Victorville, CA 92395

Saturday, December 20
“Christmas Bowl for Spark of Love”
Semi-pro Football Player’s Association
1 p.m.
Marina Vista Park
5355 E Eliot St, Long Beach, CA 90803
(323) 246-2546

Thursday, December 25
“Christmas Brunch at the Reef Restaurant”
8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reef Restaurant
880 S. Harbor Scenic Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Suggested Donation Items – We get a lot toys for younger children, but are always short on teen and infant items. Here are some suggestions for teen items.

Non Gender Specific
MP3 players
Cell phone cases
Razor Scooters
Basketballs, Soccer balls, and Footballs
Cross-body purses/bags
Make-up brushes
Blow dryers
Flat Irons
Hot Iron Tools

For more information on how to donate contact Teresa Samaniego at 818-863-7221.


Help Feed Families in Orange County


There is still time to help fight hunger for families throught out Orange County. Any donation helps a family in need. Here are several ways you can help Second Harvest Food Bank feed families in Orange County.


Give A Meal with Bank of America

When: September 8- December 31
Where: Visit

This holiday season, you can take action in the fight to end hunger in Orange County, and make three times the difference. Bank of America is partnering with Feeding America’s network of food banks, and when for every $1 donated through the Give A Meal campaign, Bank of America will donate $2. To donate, visit and be sure to enter your Orange County zip code and designate your donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.


Irvine Company Office Properties Holiday Food Drive

When: November 3 – December 26
Where: Irvine Company Offices

Second Harvest has partnered with 110 Irvine Company Properties to host their annual holiday food drive campaign. Residents and the public can drop off non-perishable food donations to any Irvine Company office location to help feed Orange County this holiday season.


Stater Bros. 2014 “Harvesting Hope in Our Community” Campaign

When: November 5 – December 31
Where: Orange County Stater Bros. locations

This holiday season, customers can stop by any of the 30 Orange County Stater Bros. locations to purchase a donation bag filled with non-perishable food donations. These “Bags of Hope” will benefit Second Harvest and our partners.


Sprouts “Grab and Give” Campaign

When: November 1 – December 31
Where: Orange County Sprouts Farmers Market Locations

During the months of November and December, Sprouts Farmers Market will be promoting their annual “Grab and Give” program. During this campaign, customers can stop by any of the 15 Orange County Sprouts locations and purchase a donation bag filled with non-perishable food donation. This campaign will benefit Second Harvest and our community partners.

Vons “Help Us End Hunger” Holiday Campaign

When: November 5 – December 31
Where: Orange County Vons

To help end hunger this holiday season, customers are encouraged to stop by any of the 33 Orange County Vons store locations to purchase a pre-filled bag of food donations to support OC residents in need.


45th Annual Adopt a Family Program



The 45th Annual Adopt A Family Program is taking place now thru December 18, 2014 at OC Fair & Event Center

Since its inception, SOS has been linking generous community members with families in need of extra support during the holidays. This holiday season marks the 45th year of the Share Our Selves annual Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. This year, the Adopt A Family Program will connect donors with more than 1,100 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools.

Ways to Participate:

  • Provide at least two new gifts for every child AND food (or grocery gift cards) for a complete dinner for the entire family
  • OR provide only new gifts (at least two) for each child in the family
  • OR volunteer on December 17th or 18th (see FAQs below for more information)
  • OR help with deliveries using your van or truck on the morning of December 18th
  • OR make a donation for SOS Adopt A Family to purchase gifts, food or gift cards

Companies, schools, and religious institutions are asked to consider adopting multiple families or holding food, toy or gift card drives to help SOS with the families that do not get adopted by a specific donor.

Please join the hundreds of families and organizations that make Adopt A Family a part of their holiday traditions. (download the Donor Sign-Up Form.) You will receive information about your family after November 10th.

For more information, email or call 949.270.2187.

Adopt A Family FAQs (Download complete list here)

What do you need to provide if we adopt a family?

If you adopt a family, we ask that you provide both Christmas gifts & dinner. You may choose the family size you want, but you must provide at least two new gifts for each child (you may provide more if you’d like, and may also include something for the adults, but this is not required). Gift cards to stores like Payless Shoes and Target are also fine. When providing Christmas dinner, please buy gift cards for frozen goods, turkeys and perishables and purchase other holiday food items or consider providing gift cards for a complete Christmas dinner. Fresh produce and extra food are always welcome.

For more information contact Share Our Selves



Season of Sharing


The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.04.

While that may seem like a reasonable amount to spend for some, others will have to foresake the traditional Thanksgiving feast. A new study by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Feeding America shows that more than 277,000 people in Orange County alone need the help of Second Harvest. Many families in own community are made to choose between paying for food and other essentials.

There is something you can do about it today! KTLA 5 News along with Stater Bros. Markets, Whole Foods, and the Salvation Army — as well as Second Harvest, the LA Regional Food Bank, and Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino — have joined forces to collect food donations as part of the 2014 Season of Sharing that is taking place today at several locations.

They invite you to donate non-perishable food items that will benefit local food banks. The food collected will help all through the holiday season.

KTLA 5 will be live at Stater Bros. and Whole Foods locations on Tuesday, Nov. 25, collecting food donations to ensure every family has a warm holiday season to remember this year.

The following are the items needed most by local food banks:

Non-perishable canned goods or dry food:

  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Pasta
  • Hot and cold cereal
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Boxed potatoes

Personal care items:

  • Diapers
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Toilet tissue
  • Soap

**Please no glass containers or expired items**

Locations for food drop-off during KTLA 5’s Season of Sharing on Nov. 25

Stater Bros – Santa Clarita/Los Angeles

26900 Sierra Highway,
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Store hours: 6am-Midnight (donations accepted until 11pm)

Stater Bros – Placentia/Orange County
1111 E. Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870
Store hours: 6am-11pm

Stater Bros – Chino
6989 Schaefer Avenue
Chino, CA  91710
Store hours: 6am-11pm

Whole Foods –  Fairfax
6350 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Store hours: 7am-11pm

Whole Foods – PCH/El Segundo
760 S. Sepulveda Bl.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Store hours: 7am-10pm

Whole Foods – Pasadena
3751 E. Foothill Bl.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Store hours: 7am-10pm



Turkey Trot OC

Turkey Trot OC
Turkey Trot OC

Please join in on Thanksgiving morning, November 27th at 8:00 a.m., as our community comes together with homeless men, women, and children to give thanks.

The 1st annual Turkey Trot OC will kick off at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope in Tustin for a 5k Run/Walk with proceeds supporting the homeless and hungry of Orange County. This year, the goal is to raise enough for 50,000 meals for the least, the last, and the lost.

The Orange County Rescue Mission will activate its 150,000 supporters, which includes 3,400 businesses and 610 churches and faith communities to run and walk on Thanksgiving morning.

The event will feature a post-run culinary treat of smoked bacon, pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup, and freshly ground coffee.

Register Now                 Sponsor                 Get Involved                      Race Information



Kill them with Kindness

Celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13th…with Monsters! I always say if some is mean to you – kill them with kindness. So let’s change the world one monster at a time…ready to get started?


I challenge you to complete as many of the following 10  kindness ideas listed below as possible on November 13, 2014. Lets create a change in our personal environment!  This is where you come in.

  1. Perform an act of kindness for someone else and leave this little guy with it.(What was that? You are usually grumpy and not sure what to do? Not too worry here are a couple ideas: 1. Buy someone you don’t know a donut—those things are GOOOOD! 2. Make a cool card for someone to let them know how super cool they are.)
  2. Share your act of kindness with #ShareAMonster



Scouting for Food


Saturday, November 8, 2014 is Scouting for Food Day in Orange County. Scouting for Food is a joint collaboration to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, by the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Orange County.The program is designed to help alleviate the problem of hunger in Orange County.

Thousands of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and their volunteer leaders in Orange County will  approach homes requesting food donations. in addition there will be collection sites set-up county wide for you to drop off your food and personal care items donations. ScoutingforFood_FoodItemFlyer_2014_1-page-001

Collection sites will be open on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All items donated help a families in need within our community. Below is list of collections sites.

LDS Church Locations

LDS CHURCH 674 South Yorba, Orange

LDS CHURCH 30522 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita

LDS CHURCH 10212 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove

LDS CHURCH 2225 North Euclid, Fullerton

LDS CHURCH 4000 West Orange, Anaheim

LDS CHURCH 17500 Bushard , Fountain Valley

LDS CHURCH 5402 Heil, Huntington Beach

LDS CHURCH 17130 Bastanchury, Yorba Linda

LDS CHURCH 23 Lake St., Irvine

LDS CHURCH 23850 Los Alisos, Mission Viejo

LDS CHURCH 28291 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel

Smart & Final Locations





23631 A EL TORO ROAD, EL TORO 92630


707 W. 19TH STREET, COSTA MESA 92627





3430 S. BRISTOL, SANTA ANA 92704







Support our Troops with your Halloween Candy

A great way to give back – Have kids trade in their Halloween candy to dentists for cash & prizes and support our troops!

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How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to the U.S. Military
  • To find a dental practice in your area, use the zip code “look-up” feature to see if there is a dental office participating close by. SUGGESTION: Call the practice before driving over with your Halloween candy as many have concluded their buyback event and are no longer accepting candy.

Why Join Halloween Candy Buyback?

  • You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making kids, parents, and Service Members smile!
  • You’ll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
  • You’ll also enjoy some great publicity!

100,000 Toothbrush Challenge

Help us send a toothbrush in every troop’s care package! For every pound of candy you send to the troops, we hope you will also send a toothbrush! Let’s see how quickly we can collect 100,000 toothbrushes!

To find a location near you click here


It’s Day of the Girl!

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Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”

-United Nations Resolution 66/170

 Just two years ago, the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world.  It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.A worldwide revolution.We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes.

Why a Day for Girls?

Why a day just for girls? Because girls can save the world. And we deserve a bigger part of it.


A Dozen Reasons

As girls, we experience inequality in every aspect of our lives. There are a billion reasons why we need the Day of the Girl, but let’s start with just a dozen (all are linked to their source):

By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s illiterate (adult) population. (PDF)

Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school. (PDF)

Girls make up half of the high school population, but receive only 41% of all athletic participation opportunities.

Women only hold 15.7% of top leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies.

One in seven girls in developing countries is married off before age 15.

More than half (54%) of all rapes of females happen before age 18. (PDF)

1 in 5 high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Children as young as age 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year.

54% of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight.

57% of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.

Females continue to be underrepresented in top roles in film with less than 1 in 3 speaking characters in children’s movies.

What facts have you found about girls and their opportunities (or lack of opportunities)? Share them with us.

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Project Fair – Let your Kid’s Take Action!

Ripple Kids and SOCO presents a FREE Project Fair on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the OC Mix from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for your kids (ages 13 and under) to make a difference!  Ripple Kids is an nonprofit homegrown right here in Orange County that specializes in empowering kids to take action within their community.

Participating retailers  have teamed together with Ripple Kids to feature several take action projects for the Project Fair. Choose one or participate in all of them!


There will be live music and don’t forget to try some of the delicious food.

  • Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarch Butterfly Organized by Uni Home Store
  • Pack Meals for Kids in Need with Stop Hunger Now 
  • Make Cards for Seniors and Soldiers organized by Granola Kids
  • Pack Birthday Party Kits for Kids in Need Organized by Party Pepper Uppers 
  • Make Brick Bots for Kids in Need Organized by Brick Share
  • Make Toys for Animals in the Shelter Organized by Paul Mitchell and Girl Scout Troop 1884
  • Make Tote Bags with Recycled T-Shirts Organized by Smocking Birds and Girl Scout Troop 2376
  • Learn About How to Make a Difference in our Oceans and Beaches Stop by the Surfrider Foundation Booth
  • Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets and Cards for Hospitalized Kids Organized by The Max Love Project
  • Pack Art Supply Kits for Kids in Need Organized by Project Hope Alliance

For more information about Ripple Kids, visit

View video from June event

Want to Volunteer at the Event?

Want to make a difference just by showing up? Sign up to bring items to benefit some of the many great organizations that will be present at the event. Bring gently used Legos for Brickshare or Children’s birthday invitations for Party Pepper Uppers! Click on the button below for details.

Visit for job descriptions and times.

Meet nonprofits and Ripple Kids representing several of our featured causes

Animals – Barks of Love Animal Rescue

Kids – MaxLove Project, Party Pepper Uppers

The Homeless/Hungry – Operation Warm Wishes, Project Hope Alliance

Once you find the cause(s) you’re passionate about, learn more about how you can help with either an established nonprofit or a Ripple Kids project!

Skate Demo Team sponsored by Active Ride Shop

Live Music by School of Rock


Here are some opportunities to help a good cause:

 – Project Donations

Drop a few bucks into the Ripple Kids jar located at each project location and at the Ripple Kids booth to make sure they can continue to help the community.

Cash or Credit Cards Accepted

Ripple Kids T-Shirts – men’s, women’s and kids – $10

Proceeds donated to Ripple Kids

Cash or Credit Cards Accepted


World Food Day is October 16, 2014

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.

World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people.

In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger. From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger.

Each year, advocates come together to raise awareness and engage Americans and Canadians in the movement to end hunger. Led by the FAO Liaison Office for North America, the World Food Day USA & Canada Network includes over 60 organizations, universities and companies that are working to achieve a zero hunger world.


  • 60% of the hungry in the world are women.
  • Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
  • 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains

Every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food. The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.


This World Food Day, Toast a Farmer!

This World Food Day we are celebrating family farmers for growing our food and for caring for the earth.

Join in a toast to thank the farmers that work hard every day to ensure that our food is grown with care and is healthy for us to eat.

Post a picture of yourself with your glass raised and include a personalized toast as your status or tweet on Facebook or Twitter with #ToastAFarmer, #WFD2014.

You could also share any of the photos below of real family farmers with a personalized toast with #ToastAFarmer, #WFD2014.

So many ways for us to give our support to family farmers this World Food Day!

Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to read all of the toasts from across North America!


Attend or Host an Event

Want to take part in the fight to end hunger? Every year thousands of events are held to raise awareness about hunger. There are plenty of ways that you, your friends and your family can be part of the solution: Hunger walks, World Food Day dinners, Hunger Banquets, food packaging events, rallies, conferences, food drives, and more!  Find one near you or host one yourself.


On World Food Day, #hungerto do more. Host an awareness dinner in your home, donate to a local food bank, or join our social media campaign – the options to take action on World Food Day are truly endless.  What do you #hunger to do?

Here are some ideas:


International day of Peace

International_day_of_peaceI love that each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st of  September, which also happens to be my son’s birthday. This day should be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and all people.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

Here are a couple of special links for you to share with children about peace. is site devoted to raising awareness of social issues specifically for children. This heart warming resource will help your children understand how they can make a difference in their communities and the world. It contains a calendar with over 60 opportunities for them to take action, online books and an online a-z list of  more than 100 “Better World” hero’s, such as: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Theresa, complete with the hero’s bio, quotes, links and coloring pages.



PBSkids has a fantastic list of  books to read with your children, here’s a sample:


It all starts at home, raise social awareness within your children and you’ll help them understand that they can make a difference.