KITS 4 KINDNESS EVENT | November 2017
To kick off the 2017-2018 school year Dollar Tree in San Juan Capistrano donated 3 big boxes full of school supplies to Kits 4 Kindness. Our next task was to figure out what to do with all of these supplies! Through research with my grandfather, Grant Hornbeak, we discovered the Bangor School District in Northern California. This is one of the poorest areas in the state and consists of a community of 700 and the school has 70 students K-8th grade. In addition to this community’s great poverty, this community also suffered severe devastation from the recent California fires. The Leport fire ripped through the town destroying multiple structures, homes and properties in its path. Several of students lost their homes and were displaced so we felt that these school supplies could go to good use!
KITS 4 KINDNESS EVENT | September 2017
The Kits for Kindness team and volunteers made hygiene kits that were sent to local family’s in Orange County. Together built about 230 kits total- 115 men and 115 woman! Hygiene kits are critical for those families living on the street.
“Homelessness in Orange County rose at a faster pace since 2015, ticking up nearly 8 percent since the last one-night census, according to the first figures released Friday, May 12, from the Point in Time Count & Survey conducted in January. The 2017 federally mandated snapshot, taken every two years in Orange County, recorded 4,792 homeless people, more than half living without shelter.” Source
To kick off the new year, Kits 4 Kindness donated 500 compact hygiene kits toward the OC Point-in-Time Count and Survey on January 24, 2015. The 1,500 volunteers “count to understand homelessness in our community in order to end it.” The kits, our contribution to the fight to end homelessness in Orange County, were handed by volunteers to the thousands of people sleeping on the streets.
For the 2014 holiday season, Kits 4 Kindness contributed to the spirit of giving by distributing a total of 300 hygiene kits at the Families Forward and Project Hope Alliance Thanksgiving events. As people lined up to receive Thanksgiving baskets, they also would receive a hygiene kit.
Kits 4 Kindness members volunteered at the Senior Health Expo and Resource Fair in October, giving away hygiene kits to the people there seeking help. We reached out to and helped over 500 people.
We partnered with Friendship Shelter, Mercy House, and Illumination Foundation to provide 200 men and 200 women with hygiene essentials for the end of summer and beginning of fall.
During our May 2014 Hygiene Kit Build, we put together 100 men’s and 100 women’s kits for a total of 200 kits. We donated the kits to Mercy House and the Illumination Foundation, both homeless organizations that do amazing work in Orange County.
Our first Hygiene Kit Build was a success due to an outstanding team effort. The kits went to Heritage House, a drug rehabilitation home in Costa Mesa. It brought us great joy to see that our small contribution could make such a difference. Our first Hygiene Kit Build inspired us to make more of an impact in our community.