Operation Teddy Bear

©2010 Bob Foster
Nancy’s Corner: Great groups helping Long Beach kids!

There are so many wonderful organizations in Long Beach!

Operation Teddy Bear

Jim Grubbs, development director for The Volunteer Center, asked me to be involved with Operation Teddy Bear five years ago. Every December, Operation Teddy Bear helps 5,600 disadvantaged first graders in Long Beach and surrounding areas by giving them backpacks. Each backpack is loaded with various school supplies, including reading books, crayons, math flash cards as well as Teddy Bears! The Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach runs Operation Teddy Bear with the support of generous donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. They also look for volunteers who can help assemble and deliver the backpacks to the children. Visit their website at www.volcenter.org to see how you can help.

(Left to right): Executive Director of the Long Beach Library Foundation Sara Pillet, me and Volunteer Center South Bay Jim Grubbs at a recent fundraising reception for Operation Teddy Bear.


Long Beach Day Nursery’s “Stepping Stones for Success”

Anything that helps children is very important to me. That’s why Bob and I are honored to serve as this year’s Honorary Co-chairs for Long Beach Day Nursery’s “Stepping Stones for Success” scholarship program. This amazing scholarship helps remove financial barriers and would allow parents to enroll their child in the highly accredited Long Beach Day Nursery. Families who are considered to be working poor, or earn between 70% and 100% of the state median income, are eligible for this scholarship. This wonderful school has been in Long Beach since 1912 – almost 100 years!

Last month, I attended a lovely reception hosted in the home of Sandy and Deloris Mayuga recognizing our co-chairing efforts. More than 50 people attended the reception. We’ve achieved almost half of our fundraising goal of $130,400 just in the last three months! Thank you to everyone who attended the reception and generously donated to the “Stepping Stones for Success” scholarship!  Visit www.lbdn.org for more info.

With Long Beach Day Nursery Board Chair Melanie Retzsch Werts (left) and Long Beach Day Nursery Executive Director Patrice Wong (right).

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