Our Holiday for Martin Luther King's birthday made me think about what we do for others. In the past I have been actively been involved in my children's schools (geez that was a long time ago!) as far as PTA, PTO, and Bond financing for local school improvements. I was also instrumental in the origination of the Dinosaur Dash in Tustin, a race/walk event to raise funds for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation.
But some of my most memorable work was on the Board of the Tustin Boys & Girls Club. I had the honor to attend a couple of national conventions where there were many young people representing their clubs nationwide. These young adults universally felt the Club saved their lives.
This organization provides things like after-school activities for kids of all ages, as well as meals and transportation to and from school. To this day it makes me tear-up to think of the kids they keep off the streets, and instead active in sports and homework, and heading toward responsible adulthood.
Now that we live in South Orange County, we support the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley. This is an amazing organization with three locations that serve an average of 480 children every day and 3,000 kids over the course of the year. My husband serves on the board and we support many of their events and fund-raising programs. It is gratifying to say the least, and I can't think of a better way to give back for the fortunate lives we lead.