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45th Annual Adopt a Family Program

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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 AAF2014@shareourselves.org 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

 

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Turkey Trot OC

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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

 

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Scouting for Food

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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

630 N. EUCLID AVENUE, ANAHEIM 92801

14417 CULVER DRIVE, IRVINE 92604

7930 VALLEY VIEW, BUENA PARK 90620

6882 EDINGER, HUNTINGTON BEACH 92647

23631 A EL TORO ROAD, EL TORO 92630

1401 E KATELLA AVENUE, ORANGE 92667

707 W. 19TH STREET, COSTA MESA 92627

34091 DOHENY PARK ROAD, CAPISTRANO BEACH 92624

1941 W. IMPERIAL HIGHWAY, LA HABRA 90631

9062 ADAMS AVENUE, HUNTINGTON BEACH 92646

2475 CHAPMAN, FULLERTON 92831

3430 S. BRISTOL, SANTA ANA 92704

1523 WEST 17TH STREET, SANTA ANA 92706

1308 W. EDINGER AVENUE, SANTA ANA 92704

8956 WARNER AVENUE, FOUNTAIN VALLEY 92708

7050 KATELLA BLVD, STANTON 90680

 

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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

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September Jr. Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma

There’s a great new line up of Jr. Chef Classes at Williams-SonomaWilliams-Sonoma for the month of September.

Classes are FREE with the exception of one class to be held on September 13th. This class gives your kids the opportunity to give back!

A $5.oo donation is requested as Williams-Sonoma has teamed up with Share our Strength , a nonprofit organization dedicated to end childhood hungry.

All proceeds from this class will be donated to Share our Strength.

Jr_chef_SeptmberShow your kids how fun and easy cooking can be: Learn to make delicious recipes,

from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

Transform a few simple ingredients into a classic, comforting meal. We have the tips, techniques and tools you need to make pasta paired with an authentic sauce. Suitable for ages 9-13.

 

Jr.-Chef_Sept13Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit organization fighting every day to end childhood hunger in America. Join us for this special cookie-decorating event. ($5 donation) – all proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength! All ages are welcome to help us support this great cause.

Everyone knows the most important meal of the day is breakfast. This class will teach you how to make some great grab-and-go breakfasts the whole family will love.  Suitable for ages 9–13.

Want to help prepare dinner? Join us and learn how to make delicious noodle dishes the whole family will love. We’ll create long curly vegetable noodles by spiralizing as well as make a baked noodle dish sure to satisfy. Suitable for ages 9–13.

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Last We Care Wednesday at OC Fair – Help kids in Orange County with School Supplies

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SOS (Share our Selves) is thrilled to be a part of the OC Fair’s We Care Wednesday School Supply Drive, benefiting SOS. A school supply donation of $5 with receipt (required) or more will get you free admission to the fair and one carnival ride.

This summer, Share Our Selves (SOS) will distribute over 2,500 backpacks filled with school supplies to Orange County students from low income families through the 19th Annual Back to School Program. They need your help to meet this goal! Donations of new backpacks, school supplies, hand sanitizer, gift cards for school uniforms, lunch bags, etc. will be gladly accepted.

Please help Share Our Selves send kids back to school with a great start! A positive beginning to the school year can have an important impact on each student’s success.

Underwriting

  • $25 will provide 5 children with a new backpack
  • $50 will provide 10 children with a new backpack
  • $100 will provide 20 children with a new backpack
  • $250 will provide 50 children with a new backpack
  • $500 will provide 100 children with a new backpack

Other ways to Donate

  • Through their website
  • Mail a check made out to Share Our Selves to:
    1550 Superior Avenue
    Costa Mesa, CA 92627

If you are in need of assistance and would like to sign up for this year’s Back to School Program, you can register at SOS in person August 4-22. Please bring your ID and proof of address. You will be given a time to come back and pick up your backpack between August 27-29. Families will receive two backpacks maximum.

For more information on donating supplies or registering for a backpack, please contact:

Veronica Rodarte
949.270.2142
vrodarte@shareourselves.org

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Promoting Literacy for $1.00!

That’s right, $1.00, you can buy books at Piccolo’s Books for just $1.00! They have three locations in Southern California: Lakewood, Long Beach and Lake Forest, with more stores on the horizon.

Piccolo Lewis, the man behind the One Dollar Book Store/Piccolo’s Books was in the book business for years when he decided he wanted to reach out to his community and promote literacy. In 2006, he opened his first store in Long Beach.  The One dollar Bookstore/Piccolo’s Books sells pre-owned books, videos, DVDs and LP records for a $1.00.

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I love going to my local “Big Brand” book store but let’s face it I can make dinner for the entire family for less then the cost of one book. When you have budget to keep, buying a $10.00 book can seem a bit firvolous. We utilize our library on a regular basis but I can buy a book for a dollar at this place. Yeah, I am more than excited about visiting the Lake Forest Store.

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So now let’s get to the root of this story, Piccolo Lewis. Here is a man who makes a difference. Piccolo was was born in Compton and raised in Long Beach. A diagnosis of dyslexia led him to his mission in life: to promote literacy and provide affordable education to all who have desire.

Due to his dedication of promoting literacy, he started Gift of Knowledge, an organization that helps schools, organizations, libraries and orphanages as well as several other projects.

He donates an astounding 1,000 to 60,00 books a week and in the last two years he has donated over 1 million books to schools through out Los Angeles County as well Detroit, Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, the Philippians and Mexico. He is planning on opening two Children’s Libraries in impoverished neighborhoods this year.

In addition to story time for children he also hosts and produces art and entertainment events for the community,  as well as workshops on breaking into the entertainment industry, stage production, educational workshops on writing resume’s and how to land a job, how to sew and self-sustainability. He is determined to help children become productive citizens in their community.

It’s no wonder he’s been honored by Members of Congress, Councilman, the former Mayor of Los Angeles and the LAPD’s  Southeast Division.

What an amazing man, thank you for caring enough to help our youth and our community.

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Pictures from Piccolo’s Books Facebook Page

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The Benefits of Vacation Bible School

We are less then a week away from Vacation Bible School. We attend and volunteer at the VBS through Calvary Chruch located in Santa Ana.

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Calvary Chruch’s VBS is not affiliated with the church that I attend but I love several things about this VBS:

  • It’s FREE 
  • They never turn a child away
  • They help local children without transportation get to and from VBS
  • They are very organized and loving with the children
  • They teach children about giving back

Our VBS starts the day by meeting in the main church, they sing and pray together then head of to their classes where they have a bible based curriculum and then circulate in the campus and do crafts, play games, have a snack and than meet back up in the main church and end their day by singing to the lord and praying together.

They encourage children to give back by contributing through the “Penny Project”.  The kids bring in their “pennies” to fund a project to benefit the work of a missionary family. The kids will learn all about this family and what their pennies will help build or provide. This year they are helping a missionary family that is in the process of opening a new Transition Home in Balti, Moldova for 10 boys. The home will be provide a safe, loving home for boys who are too old for an orphanage but still need protection, school, and job training. The money our children raise through the “penny Project” will help buy comfortable furniture for the home, so it won’t be just a house, but a home. Now, I don’t know about you but I think it’s very impressive that my little girl come’s home understanding what missionary work is and is searching for pennies to help people she’s never meet .

VBS not only helps our children discover and grow closer to Christ, they also make friends and have memories and values to last a lifetime.

As for me, I love that volunteering at VBS works on my heart to witness the body of Christ at work. I volunteer in the craft room, which is non-stop from the moment you walk in. VBS needs a lot of volunteers to make it possible for kids to attend. Everything from donating snacks to helping with parking, helping with sign in’s each day, leading or assisting in a class room, helping in crafts room, kitchen area or music. There are tons of jobs that aren’t even addressed here. Every job is important and helps change the life of a child.

I know, yet another volunteer job and no money. But these volunteer positions that I take on give me more then money ever could. They give me the opportunity to give back to my community, to help someone, to make a difference and to refine my purpose by serving. I hope that my children see that volunteering within your community is needed and how important it is to give back. Volunteering doesn’t take money just your time and effort. Kids need to be taught how to volunteer. You have to be the example.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

 

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pictures from last years VBS from OC Register.com

 

 

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