Martin Luther King Jr. Toy Drive – Crescenta Commons
This was the word of the week. We were constantly reminded throughout our Toy Drive that community is much more than simply a collection of people who live in a particular place. Community is a group of people who care about each other, work to create a sense of belonging, and come together for a shared goal or purpose. Thank you to our community of volunteers, Crescenta Valley Girl Scout Troops 1261, 6961, 7401 and 2671, our Monte Vista Elementary School family and our La Canada Flintridge Community Center Preschool Family for their support and generosity.
Collecting over 765 toys (including 2 brand new tricycles, 4 Pack ‘n Play Portable Playards, 1 Little Tikes car, and 10 TwirlyGirl dresses) for children living in a family shelter does not happen by itself!
It only happens when everyday people come together to do small things in a great way. And magnificent, miraculous things happen when a whole community mobilizes for the good of others.
Pop-Up Giving Meet & Greet – Montrose Christmas Market
We hosted our very first event at the Montrose Christmas Market in December with hope for our new venture and gratitude for those who came by to cheer us on and support new beginnings for ourselves and others. We invited neighbors to write notes of cheer and inspiration to local seniors in Montrose, newly arrived refugee families living in Los Angeles, and foster youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
People wrote notes of gratitude to surprise friends, family and even strangers. And neighbors of all ages stopped by to add notes to our Gratitude Board. One of our favorite notes came from a 5 year old who wrote “I am thakful for live on Eruth”. We agree. We are thankful for all who share this earth with us.