YOUR change will make a BIG change....
IF you can give up your Starbucks just one morning, YOU can make a difference in a troubled kids' life.
We will compile, organize and print a YEARBOOK for 140 kids that wouldn't otherswise get one.
Our project, called operation: YEARBOOK, is for kids that are attending a continuation school that are at risk, underprivileged and in great need of support and help in all areas of their lives. these are all Ventura county kids.
We need to raise approximately $3,500.00 . this will ensure the printing of the book and providing each kid with a copy. 90% of these 140 kids could not afford to buy one.
They don't make yearbooks at these schools for many reasons, but the biggest reason is lack of funds.
Giving these kids a book that they will keep the rest of their lives ( I bet you know exactly where your yearbooks are..) have a book with a picture of them in it, ( most don't have the luxury of pictures of themselves and haven't most of their lives) will make them proud to know others cared enough to do this for them, makes this project important and necessary. i have already seen the difference in their attitude in just two weeks of them knowing of our project.
YOU will help change 140 lives. we are asking for a $5 dollar donation. of course, we would love more, but your $5 bucks will make this become a reality for these kids.
Just visit our site and click the Donations button on the left and donate thru paypal or mail us a check at the address listed. That's it. Geez, in just 5 minutes YOU just changed a life!
Any extra funds will be used for "grad night", to make sure these kids have a celebration of their graduation. they would like to go to Magic Mountain at $53 bucks a kid and there are 20 who will be graduating.
Graduation takes place on june 10th. we need the yearbook donations asap.
Please share this with your friends. we need all of you to help us make this difference to these kids in our community.
THANK YOU !
Easter Egg Hunts March 2013
This year we had 4 Egg Hunts for a total of 1,350 kids. We stuffed over 14,000 eggs filled with candy, money and prize numbers. The kids with the prize numbers get to pick a new toy.
Local girl scout troops helped stuff the eggs, donated some candy and made 1,400 cookies. The kids could experience a delicious cookie while they were opening their eggs. About 50% of the kids we serve have never experienced an egg hunt. A great time was had by all.
Over 20 volunteers helped at the egg hunts. Together over 300 people donated candy, eggs, money and time to make these egg hunts happen.
THANK YOU to all our generous donors!
Just one of the egg hunts held in oxnard, march 2013...
Back row (left to right) Ashley Timms, Ashley Bonillo, Lynne Sasser, Gary miller. Front row (left to right): Susie Sandoval, Lindsey Timms, Susie Zweigler, Lynda Miller, Cindy Niner, Kelsey Niner
WHEELCHAIR DELIVERED TODAY: January 24, 2013
Today, you helped change a life forever. In fact, you changed hundreds of lives with this awesome act of kindness, in helping Miguel get this motorized wheelchair.
Miguel can now look for a job.
He doesn't have to wait for a family member to be home to push him somewhere.
He is now "mobile".
The trickle down from this generous act is immense. It affects all of his family...which in turn affects his community. His neighbors came out and thanked me for doing this. They said they will help him keep the chair safe.
I told him over 110 people donated to make this dream come true. He had tears in his eyes.
There are not enough adjectives to let you know how appreciative i am to have your support. Together we changed a life, gave hope and made a difference.
Thank you seems so insignificant, but know from the bottom of Miguel's heart, and mine, that he will never forget your kindness and love.
President & Founder, Support for the Kids
$5 for Independence
I met Miguel during one of our handouts on December 21 in Oxnard. After meeting Miguel and seeing that he was handicapped by having no legs, I knew I needed to stand up and help him and his family.
Miguel's wife and 19 year old daughter are migrant farm workers and are the sole financial support for the family. As you can guess, they barely make ends meet and have no extra money.
Miguel needs a motorized wheelchair. So, I'm asking for your help to make Miguel's dream come true.
If you could donate just $5 it would help us to attain our goal of purchasing a wheelchair for $2,850. You can donate at our website through our PayPal Portal or send a check to:
3835R Thousand Oaks Blvd. #429
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Every penny collected will go towards this wheelchair for Miguel. Your dollars will give Miguel an independence he has never experienced. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
This Christmas was no different from years' past. We received thousands of dollars of donations in toys, towels, blankets, coats, gloves, hats, food, toiletries, crock pots, pots and pans, blenders and toaster ovens, etc.
Over 80 volunteers worked hard for over a month to sort, count, bag and tag to get ready for our 11 handouts in the Ventura County. This year we handed out to 465 families, and still handing out as of January 10, 2012.
We hand out directly to the families in need. each family received:
- A large bag of food
- New blankets
- New towels
- A small appliance ( toaster oven, blender, etc)
- Bags of candy
- Bags of bagels
- Small toys
- Laundry basket filled with shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bars of Soap, body lotion, household cleaners, etc.
- School supplies
- Warm clothing
- $25 gift card to walmart
We handed out toys to over 325 kids...and still counting!
THANK YOU for your generous support.
Volunteers handing out to 30 families in santa paula on december 23rd
Volunteers handing out to those in need at a trailer park in fillmore on christmas eve
this is our 10th year of handing out at this park
Volunteers loading 2 trucks for handouts in oxnard and santa paula on dec 22nd
On Dec 19th, sharky's woodfire mexican grill served dinner to 250 people in fillmore
Getting ready to load the trucks for handouts on december 12th in ventura and oxnard
Handed out new toys to 60 pre-schoolers in fillmore on 01/11/13...lots of smiles!
We have hundreds of families to help this year. All families are in great need of basic items and are verified by a social worker, outreach specialist or school administrator.
You can help in so many ways.
Shampoo, conditioner, deoderant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, body soap, body lotion, laundry detergent, combs, brushes, nail files, band aids, neosporin.
Hoodies, any size, any color
Small appliances such as toaster ovens, crock pots, pots and pan, dishes, glasses
Gift cards to Target or Walmart
Every item is handed directly to the family in need. No middle man.
you can also make a donation thru our website on Paypal.
All donations will receive a tax receipt/letter
Please email me at : email@example.com or
laura at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Support for the Kids works hard all year long to provide educational enrichment, school supplies, backpacks, clothing, shoes, food and computers/electronic equipment to foster and underprivilelged kids in Ventura County.
As you can imagine, in today's economy, the need is vast and never ending.
We also take used clothing, in good condition, and hand it directly to those in need.
Presently, here is a list of things we can use to help the kids and their families:
3 ring binders
any color, any size
New or used, any size. any item
Other items in need:
bars of soap
If you have anything to donate, please send us an email at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
give us a call at: 805-373-6661
check us out on facebook at SUPPORT FOR THE KIDS
Thank you for your support.
President & Founder, Support for the Kids
A Holiday Message from Lynda
January 24, 2011
Thank you all so very much for the outstanding donations and support for our 17th and last year of Christmas-giving of gifts and necessities to under-served families in Ventura County.
With your help, Support for the Kids has widened its reach and increased the number of families served each year since our inception, in 1993. Just since 2008, we nearly doubled the number from 284 families to 496 families in 2009 & this year, despite this economy, we reached 655 families who desperately needed our help.
We heard so many heartfelt thank you’s and saw many tears of gratitude as our volunteers handed out essential items, including:
• A choice of crock pot, toaster oven or blender
• Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotions, deoderant, conditioner, etc.
• Cleaning supplies, paper products
• Books, toys, stuffed animals, art kits
• Christmas candy and homemade cookies
• Gift cards to Wal-Mart or Target
We started preparing in July and I wish you all could have seen the hard work of our over 200 volunteers sorting, packing and lining up over 650 laundry baskets with the thousands of items that were donated by so many. Seventy-five local Girl Scout troops and members of National Charity League donated their time and effort to bake cookies, shop and prepare baskets for families. We were lucky to have a donated office space to do all this great work, so a heartfelt thank you to Peg & Gary Finefrock for their generous donation of this space. We received toys from Lost Hills Sheriff Station, Del Mano Hair Salon, 12 local Starbucks, several private toy-gathering parties, and from many individuals. Our great volunteers sorted all the toys by age & gender and bagged them for delivery to the centers.
Fortunately, we were able to use a truck donated by Randy and Lorelei Clark, of the LCS Company for fifteen days to deliver the baskets, toys, games, small appliances, stuffed animals, etc. to families at 17 different Family Resource Centers and four trailer parks in Oxnard, Ventura, Fillmore, Santa Paula . We handed new toys to 2,181 kids and provided $15,000 in gift cards to needy families.
There is no middleman: Support for the Kids Board members and volunteers personally handed out each and every item to the needy families and kids sourced by school social workers. Your help enabled the biggest Christmas family outreach ever by Support for the Kids.
As you know, Support for the Kids is finalizing its work in Ventura County. We received so much this year, we are still handing out to needy families and kids. Your support is immeasurable and made all the difference to all we touched. Our Holiday parties at Easter, Halloween and Christmas, the cultural trips to Pepperdine, New West Symphony, Discovery Center & Alliance for the Arts, our tutoring program Empowerment thru Education that reached thousands of foster kids thru the years, the Back to School party and handout, the school supplies, shoes, clothing, and gift cards were memorable, special and made all the difference to these kids and their families.
I am so proud and grateful to all of you for our achievements and the help we have given to so many over the years. My heartfelt wishes for a prosperous and successful new year go out to every one of you and your families. Thank you so very much.
It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich….
Henry Ward Beecher
With appreciation and gratitude,
President & Founder, SUPPORT FOR THE KIDS
Girl Scout Troop #60034 Collects Backpacks and School Supplies
Local Girl Scout troop #60034 from Newbury Park spent their summer collecting recycle items to raise money to buy 20 backpacks and school supplies for 20 lucky underprivileged kids in Oxnard.
On Monday night, August 30th, the Girl Scouts held an ice cream party for these kids and their families.
The Girl Scouts spent the preceding weekend baking cupcakes, cookies and bars for all the kids and their families to enjoy, along with ice cream and lemonade. After the kids enjoyed all the yummy desserts, the backpacks were handed out to 12 girls and 8 boys.
The recipients started school the next day, so they were ready and excited for their first day of school.
Troop #60034 leaders are:
THANK YOU for your continued support.
Pictured left to right: Julie Fisher, Angela Mitchell, Lynda Miller, Holly Cole
We have a strong relationship with Verizon. They have generously given
us grants, did a book drive for us, and link us into their newest web
site: THINKFINITY.COM as a great educational tool for the kids in our
Verizon has also graciously announced that they will be doing a school supply drive for us.
We appreciate VERIZON!
Our 15th annual Back to School party will take place in early September.
We hand out back packs filled with new school supplies to hundreds of
kids in need. If you can help in any way, just email us from the web, or
contact any one of our Board Members for a pick up.
Will be held in late October at Mel Cummings Ranch in Santa Paula. If
you can donate anything, please email Lynda at:
We will be helping needy families again this year.
Last year we gave a small appliance, blankets, towels, food, a laundry
basket filled with toiletries and cleaning supplies and a $50 gift card
to Walmart to over 571 families. We hope we can reach 650 families this
year, with your help.!
Support for the Kids works hard all year long to reach the foster and
underprivileged kids and their families in Ventura County. We have NO
paid staff and NO overhead, with 97 cents of every dollar raised being
spent on the kids.
3,150 kids had a funtastic time at 7 different egg hunts in Oxnard,
Fillmore, Piru, Ventura and Santa Paula.
250 hard working local girl scouts helped us stuff the 31,000 brightly
colored eggs filled with candy, money and gift certificates. If the egg
contained a special paper, the kids were able to pick out a new toy. We
also handed out freshly baked chocolate chip cookies made with love from
National Charity League. The kids really look forward to our hunts every
year. For most of them, this is the only hunt they will participate in.
"GET REAL" REAL ESTATE GROUP
A group of local real estate agents, loan and escrow officers meet
monthly to network and plan ways they can give back to the community.
Support for the Kids has been the lucky recipient of their generous
They donated and collected over 42 new bikes, including helmets and
locks for us to give away.
At the end of the school year, the bikes were given away to lucky
recipients, where the kids had to have perfect attendance, improved
grades, were helpful in the classroom and had good attitudes.
The bikes were handed out at 6 different Family Resource Centers.
Carnival in May for 350 kids
We held a Spring Carnival in late May for 350 kids at a site in Oxnard.
We were lucky to get the help and hard work from Girl Scout troop #1034
working on their gold badge. There was pizza, smoothies, face painting
a DJ, games, prizes and lot of fun for all.
We handout out new and slightly used clothing to families in need almost
every week at one of the 17 Family Resource Centers we serve. Clothing
comes from individual donors, local clothing businesses and National
Charity League thrift store. It's a perfect fit, we get clothing that
one no longer needs and we pass it on to those in need. Everyone is