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Costa Mesa Shoe Drive for Haiti Earthquake

The devastating earthquake that struck in Haiti on January 12 has left thousands in need of help.  Sports retailer Sports Chalet announced that it plans to team up with the organization Soles4Souls to collect gently worn shoes for the victims in Haiti.

Picture of Haiti Earthquake Damage

Haiti Earthquake Damage

One of our agents, Louise Fiduccia, heard about the efforts and felt compelled to help make a difference.  She has a niece in Haiti, who thankfully is safe, but so many others are suffering.  Following the example of the real estate group Long Beach Broker Preview Meeting (LBBPM), Louise is supporting Sports Chalet’s shoe drive by spreading the word to Costa Mesa and offering easy drop-off points for donated shoes.

Picture of Louise Fiduccia

Louise Fiduccia


Louise is setting up a shoe donation box at Torelli Realty, which is centrally located in Costa Mesa at 2845 Mesa Verde Drive East, and encouraging the public to bring shoes for men, women and children. Louise will transport the shoes to the Costa Mesa Sports Chalet so that Soles4Souls can distribute them to those in need.  Please note that children’s shoes would be greatly appreciated.  The shoe drive ends on January 31.  All Sports Chalet locations will be accepting donations until that time.

Louise Fiduccia is a great role model and we are thankful for the compassion and dedication she has to help the people in Haiti.  In fact, she even spent this weekend going door to door in her Mesa Verde neighborhood collecting donations with her wagon.  Please sort through your shoes and see if you have anything you can give away to help others who are in dire need. We ask you to bring them to Torelli Realty before January 31 or you can drop them off directly at any Sports Chalet location.

Costa Mesa High School Cheerleading Squad Honored by Award and Looking for Sponsors

Let’s hear it for the Costa Mesa High School Cheerleading Squad!  A couple of weeks ago we blogged about how the Costa Mesa High School Cheer Squad was chosen as the 2009 American School Spirit Award winner.

Picture of Cheer Squad

Costa Mesa High School Cheer Squad

It’s a prestigious award given by the Universal Cheerleaders Assocation that goes to the top cheer program in the USA and is based on the cheer program, community involvement and academics.  There’s a big ceremony at the 2010 High School Cheerleading Nationals in Orlando, FL the weekend of February 13.  UCA will fly out the coaches and four squad members to accept the award but the team is hoping to raise enough money for the entire squad to go through the community and corporate sponsors.  Will Costa Mesa show support for this spirit-raising group?

If any community or corporate sponsors are able to provide a donation they will have their name printed on the nationals shirt they wear as they travel and will be acknowledged in the year-end program.  All contributions will be tax-deductible since they are a non-profit group.  Please contact CMHS Cheer Coach and Advisor Kori Johnson at 714-299-1967 to donate or get more information.

Costa Mesa Has Spirit… A Post-Holiday Wrap-up

The holiday spirit is always a great force in Costa Mesa and 2009 was no exception. In a year that was especially hard for people financially and emotionally, it’s such a joy to see our community banding together to spread holiday cheer. Here are a few post-holiday endnotes:
Picture of firefighters giving gifts to kids

Costa Mesa Firefighters giving gifts to kids

-Our company successfully collected items for the Spark of Love toy drive and the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association Operation Santa Letter Program. Spark of Love is a toy campaign that collects toys for disadvantaged children in the community. The Operation Santa Letter Program, as reported by the OC Register, gave away toys and basic necessities on Christmas Eve to a women’s shelter and needy children and local residents who are staying in a local motel. The program was started by firefighter paramedic Todd Palombo eight years ago and involves children writing letters to Santa.

Picture of Someone Cares gifts

$40K in 40 Days Gift Table

The Someone Cares Soup Kitchen campaign called 40K in 40 Days provided over 1,200 holiday dinners at the Costa Mesa soup kitchen on December 23. Each person was given a backpack filled with over 25 items including clothing, toiletries and essentials. Plus, over 3,000 toys were distributed & Santa Claus paid the children a visit! (The campaign is still accepting donations. Those willing to donate can do so here.)

The OC Register wrote about a group called “Senior Smiles, Moms and Tots,” which caters to lonely seniors. Mothers and their young children met with local seniors to spread some holiday sunshine. The group was started by Costa Mesa resident Jennifer Fairchild.

Yes, the holiday spirit lives on in Costa Mesa and that makes our community a special place all year long.

Donation Given to Costa Mesa’s CERT

On December 17 the OC Register reported on a story about the Costa Mesa Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT for short. CERT is a fantastic program that our city offers to prepare citizens for emergency situations.  Last week Newport Rib Co. held a fundraiser, which raised donations for CERT that will pay for much needed supplies and training.

Picture of CERT


It’s great to see people giving back to such a worthy cause and thanks to the generosity of the Newport Rib Co. and those who participated in the fundraiser the CERT program will be better equipped to serve Costa Mesa.

CERT is a special group of individuals who put a lot of time and training into learning how to respond to disasters like earthquakes, floods, fires and more.  The program, which is in conjunction with the Costa Mesa Fire Department, teaches people the best tactics for surviving during these trials.  Costa Mesa residents are so lucky to have a unit like this in place and we appreciate their efforts.  CERT is a fantastic resource that sets Costa Mesa apart and aids in keeping our town safe.  Thank you CERT and thank you Newport Rib Co. for keeping Costa Mesa’s safety a priority.

Costa Mesa Students Do Good & Bring Holiday Cheer

Our community really comes to life during the holiday season and Costa Mesa students are making it even better.  Recent headlines boast of how students have been giving back this holiday season.  Their efforts not only send a positive message out to the community but more importantly they offer inspiration and hope to so many.  Some notable (and noble) examples that were newsworthy this past week were:

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Adams Elementary School students at Target

The OC Register ran a piece about how 6th graders from Adams Elementary School went to Target to perform random acts of kindness.  They randomly distributed $25 gift cards and motivated people to pay it forward by doing nice things for 3 other people.

-The Daily Pilot reported that Christ Lutheran School’s 4th-grade girl scout Troop 1461 gathered 117 winter coats to warm up those in need.  The donations went to local nonprofit Share Our Selves, which does so much to provide necessities to people in the area.  Also, the chapel took up a collection from students that will purchase for grocery store gift cards, which will be a blessing to local families.

-The same Daily Pilot article also noted that students at Mariners Christian School made shoe boxes with gifts for children all around the world as part of a program called Operation Christmas Child, which is run by nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse.  This holiday season approximately 300 children will receive gifts!

Our children are representing the town in such a great way and are a source of pride for Costa Mesa.  Thank you students & happy holidays!

Someone Cares $40K in 40 Days Fundraiser

Costa Mesa is full of people with big hearts.  Take a look at Corey Donaldson with $40K in 40 Days.

Picture of Corey Donaldson

Corey Donaldson

Donaldson is helping to raise money for the the Costa Mesa-based Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.  Due to lack of funding, the organization is facing some tough times providing for its holiday programs.  The goal of $40K in 40 Days is to make enough money for:
-400 backpacks for the homeless
-800 backpacks filled with holiday gifts for kids
-The holiday dinner that serves about 1,200 people in need
-Other programs that Someone Cares Soup Kitchen runs throughout the year

Banner for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

Banner for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

There will be a $40K in 40 Days Happy Hour Fundraiser at Woody’s in Newport Beach on Wed., December 9.  Attendees can participate in a silent auction.  A $20 entrance donation is kindly suggested.

Donations received by December 10 will be matched up to $10,000 by an anonymous donor.  However, donations will be accepted until Dec. 20, which is the last of the 40 days.  This is not an impossible feat by any means; last year Donaldson raised $30K in 30 days for the soup kitchen.  According to Donaldson’s blog, the fundraiser was up to $19,200 as of December 4 and donations were rolling in… So keep them coming!  Donations can be made through paypal or check on Donaldson’s website.

Donaldson’s goal was featured in The Daily Pilot, which serves Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.  Someone Cares Soup Kitchen doesn’t only help people in need from Costa Mesa; those from Newport Beach, Irvine, and Laguna Beach also benefit from their services.  The soup kitchen also provides tutoring for at-risk kids.

The current state of the economy has led more people than ever to the doors of Someone Cares and Donaldson is determined to make sure that the funding is there to meet those needs.  Costa Mesa truly prospers as a community from such kind hearts.

Doing Good at Snow Land on Saturday, December 12

Torelli Realty is gearing up for Snow Land on Saturday, December 12 at Costa Mesa’s Balearic Park.  Here’s a couple of special things we’d like to highlight.

Toy/Food Donations

Picture of Toy Donation

Toy Drop Off - former event photo

This holiday season Torelli Realty is giving the community a chance to donate toys for children in need.  The toys that are collected will be donated to Spark of Love and the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association Operation Santa Letter Program.

Food donations of non-perishable canned food are also welcome.  These items will be given to the organization Share Our Selves, a Costa Mesa based organization that provides free assistance to those in need.

The Firefighters Association, fire prevention volunteer crew, Share Our Selves volunteers, and the Costa Mesa Fire Department will be present to collect the toys and food.

Estancia High Cheerleading Squad Support

Photos of Estancia Cheer Squad

Estancia High School Cheer Squad

Estancia High School’s Cheer Team supports their school, fights for pride, and bolsters spirit in the community.  Their dedication drives them to train for 3 hours a day, five days a week in order to prepare for upcoming competitions. Unfortunately the program’s high costs are limiting participation.  They need monetary support to make it a financially viable option for all students.

Torelli Realty has been sending a monthly check to help underwrite the squad but more sponsorship is necessary.  The Estancia Booster Club is hoping to raise enough money to subsidize the cost of cheerleading for those who can’t afford it.   Then ALL students will have the opportunity to be part of the team without suffering financial hardships.

Cheerleading coach Melyssa Cox explains that the funding provided by Torelli Realty has been a great help in covering the cost of uniforms, participation fees in competitions, and the salary for the coaches, which aren’t totally covered by the school district.  Cox is looking forward to Snow Land because the cheerleaders will be there to be part of the fun and to sell snack food items that will help contribute to their program.

Come witness the pep of Estancia High School’s co-ed cheer squad as they support the community at Snow Land.   Go team!