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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.


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:

Picture of students

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!

Snow Land Canceled Due to Inclement Weather But Spirit Not Broken

Yes it was disappointing to wake up to rain on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, the day we had set for Snow Land…  But a little rain can’t wipe away our holiday spirit!  First off, we are still holding the toy and food collection and asking people to drop off items at our office at 2845 Mesa Verde Dr. East in Costa Mesa. The toys that are collected will be donated to Spark of Love and the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association Operation Santa Letter Program.

Picture of former toy drive

Former Toy Drive

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.

And for the kids (and adults too!) who were looking forward to some playtime, we are offering people a chance to come by Torelli Realty to decorate cookies from 12/14-12/23 during business hours.

Holiday cheer is still alive and well in Costa Mesa and we look forward to making next year’s Snow Land better than ever!

LOCATION: Torelli Realty, 2845 Mesa Verde Dr. East, Costa Mesa, CA, (714) 540-7355