Team Kids students from Meadow Park, Culverdale, Springbrook and College Park Elementary joined forces with ABC7 and Orange County Fire Authority to stuff the TK Bus with toys as part of the Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive! Click the picture below to see the TK crew on Good Morning America!
The Team Kids spirit even melted the hearts of Storm Troopers, who snuggled teddy bears and gave thanks to our Team KIDS for their generous spirit! Our bus was stuffed with 2000+ toys, which helped bring smiles to many of the 1 in 5 children who live below the poverty line in Orange, Ventura, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.
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Human beings, no matter their faith, have gifts to put into action to create change.
The American Muslim community has recently experienced a heightened sense of concern. While thoughts and prayers are nice, action is needed. That is why I called my colleague and friend Dina Eletreby, who is the principal at New Horizon Elementary School, which provides Muslim-based education. After a warm embrace, coffee and shared concerns, we grabbed our calendars and scheduled a Team Kids Challenge.
Our team is excited to return to New Horizon Elementary School and empower the children in our local Muslim community alongside our partners from Irvine Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority. Not just because the beautiful students at New Horizons need to know how much our community values them, but mostly because they have so much to give back as compassionate leaders. The students will be accepting the challenge to address literacy, hunger and animal welfare. Dina remarked, “By working together to do good, Team Kids and the students of New Horizon provide a model for healing and for renewing our hope in the future.”
We can all find opportunities to replace fear and hate with security and love. If you know someone in a group being marginalized, reach out to let them know they matter and that you care about them. Our community is built on mutual respect and admiration for our cultural differences. Now more than ever, I hope the students from New Horizon and everywhere feel love and appreciation. Human beings, no matter their faith, have gifts to put into action to create change.
The Heideman Road Runners became Team Kids pioneers today as they hosted the first Team Kids Carnival in the City of Tustin, CA! Students were inspired by their heroes from Tustin Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority and they brought 500 pairs of shoes for the homeless, wrote 250 letters for our troops, collected blankets for the animals and raised $440 at their carnival for the Pet Rescue Center. TPD Officer brought his K-9 partner Bravo to congratulate the kids for helping the animals! Congratulations kids, you have inspired us all! And KCAL 9-CBS2 came out to catch a story for news tonight!
Tustin Police Chief Charlie Celano plays the popular duck hunt game with the kids!
“STUFF THE BUS!” Team Kids Bus is stuffed with 1,200 toys for OC Children!
We salute the students at Meadow Park Elementary and our partners at Irvine Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority for the successful “STUFF THE BUS” event. Our Team Kids Bus was stuffed with close to 1,200 new toys to bring joy to so many children in OC. The incredible outpouring of generosity and giving was appreciated by all at the Honda Center, where the Bus was invited included in a live ABC7 news report. Even Mighty Duck’s Wildwing was impressed with the outpouring of holiday spirit. We salute the awesome Meadow Park Mustangs, IPD Sgt. Russell, DARE Officer Aragon, OC Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kelly Zimmerman, and TK Board Member Nestor Herrera at REMAX Premier for making so many Christmas wishes come true! Continue reading →
Today in Orange County, most of the work being done in health and human services focuses, appropriately, on the immediate needs of the disadvantaged. Team Kids takes a different approach, directing their energies toward our youth, teaching them the value and power of working together to solve community issues. In so doing, they are developing the philanthropists of the future and creating systematic change in our community.”
OC United Way, CEO Max Gardner
Team Kids is addressing critical child and community needs today, while also building our next generation of problem solvers.”
Dan Lubeck, Team Kids Board Member
I became a Founding Team Kids Board Member in 2004, after witnessing the leadership and compassion being developed in the students participating in the Team Kids Challenge Program. Team Kids engenders a culture where it is everyone’s right, regardless of age, to be a powerful agent for change.”
Bethany LaFlam, Team Kids Board Member
Team Kids, to me, is an antidote to entitlement and one great way to create the responsible citizens we all want as future leaders.”
Mike Cupps, Team Kids Board Member; Private Investor