Helping Kids Thrive Drive
It’s easy to feel down about the state of the world these days . . . COVID-19, fires, racial injustice, politics . . . but if you look closely, you’ll notice there are people quietly yet fiercely working to help those who need it the most. How do we THRIVE individually and as a community during this chaotic time?
One of the simplest ways to THRIVE is to acknowledge our own fears and insecurities and then think of one simple thing we can do for another person today to make someone else’s life a little bit better. “Your life is not about you. It’s about the people you serve.” This is a quote by Neale Donald Walsch that, to me, sums up the best way to get ourselves out of depressive feelings!
Here are three organizations that are helping others THRIVE every single day.
Thank you to Brown Bag Lady for their donation of new backpacks and tote bags to CASA of Los Angeles. Brown Bag Lady is a grassroots organization that serves the homeless community in Los Angeles by serving hot home cooked meals, blankets, clothes and essential supplies. They’ve served over 14,000 meals since the Pandemic began in March!
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles is a wonderful organization that mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Please consider volunteering or making donations to these worthy organizations! Together, we can get through this. In fact, together we can THRIVE.
Brown Bag Lady just donated another box of 30 brand new backpacks and more new tote bags! We brought them over to The Glendale Unified School District Student Wellness Services Department. They coordinate programs for foster youth to break down barriers to school enrollment and create academic stability for their students. They ensure immediate enrollment in the Free & Reduced lunch program, assist families with before and after school programs, and facilitate communication and problem-solving between families and school site staff. In other words, they help their students THRIVE.
Extra Special Update:
A big thank you to our friend and frequent donor, Gary Allen, for his donation of hundreds of dollars worth of Target gift cards to CASA of Los Angeles. Every foster child who enters the courthouse for a hearing receives a stuffed animal or toy. However, during the pandemic, there has been a shortage of toys to give out. Gary’s donation will go toward providing more toys. The gift cards will also be given to kids so they can purchase items they need. Thank you, Gary, for helping CASA of Los Angeles kids THRIVE!
Martin Luther King Jr. Toiletries Drive
Thank you to Burbank Girl Scout Cadette Troop 316 for taking all of the toiletries collected during our drive and creating over 800 individual kits for the GCC Food For Thought Pantry! The effort and thought they put into creating these kits show just how much they CARE.
When we CARE for someone, we look after or provide for the needs of another person. The health of a community can be seen in the many ways we CARE for our neighbors – especially our students. Students who attend Glendale Community College are striving to create better lives for themselves through education and job skills training. However, in addition to attending classes, many students hold jobs and still do not have enough money for food and toiletries.
The Glendale Community College Food For Thought Pantry helps address the problem of hungry and homeless students.
During Martin Luther King Jr. week, we hosted a Pop-Up Giving Event at the Crescenta Commons in La Crescenta collecting toiletries for the Food For Thought Pantry . All week, families showed how much they CARE by donating hundreds of toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, soap, razors, feminine supplies and more!
Thank you to the Crescenta Valley High School’s Prom Plus Club, Monte Vista Elementary Girl Scout Troop 6961 and all our friends and neighbors who CARE so much for the college students in our community.
Read all about the good work being done at the Glendale Community College Food For Thought Food Pantry and our Martin Luther King Jr. Toiletries Drive Pop-Up Event!
Job Interview Makeup & Stylist Workshop
When YES – Youth Emerging Stronger mentioned that their homeless, runaway and foster youth could benefit from professional makeup and wardrobe advice, we knew just the people to call!
Our makeup artist and stylist friends from TV, movies and commercials jumped right in to plan and host a “Job Interview Makeup & Stylist Workshop” held on a Sunday afternoon at a YES group home.
Our volunteers and 12 youth played “Name that Job” wardrobe games and learned how to choose job interview clothes that best reflect their future professions. The youth also learned how to apply their makeup in a natural and professional way bringing out the beauty within each of them.
However, what we believed would be a workshop of teaching, actually turned out to be an afternoon about something much more powerful – CONNECTION.
CONNECTION is having a shared experience with others that involves laughter and goodwill. It involves a sense of being open and taking the time to listen to someone else and then feeling listened to and understood. It turns out that sitting in a makeup chair is one of the best forms of CONNECTION! We discovered a shared sense of intimacy, an ease of laughter and conversation, and a feeling of vulnerability and care. Genuine smiles lit up faces. And nervous giggles became full belly laughs.
One of the best things about Pop-Up Giving Events is that we are always learning more about what it means to share our gifts with others. We discovered that sharing our expertise in makeup and clothes was simply the entry point into CONNECTION and a way to truly see not just with our eyes but with our hearts.
We are especially proud to be supported by Pacifica Beauty – a vegan, cruelty-free clean brand of makeup products. Pacifica Beauty donated makeup kits to each young person attending our workshop. Thank you Pacifica Beauty for your kindness and generosity!