More than 40 college and high school leaders from Orange Coast College Circle K and the Costa Mesa and Estancia High School Key Clubs mentored nearly two dozen children from Costa Mesa during a shopping trip for school clothes at Sears, South Coast Plaza. The children, all members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area, were selected on the basis of need.
The partnership of Kiwanis, the Boys & Girls Club, Circle K, and the Key Clubs have become a potent force benefiting the children of Costa Mesa. The project was planned by a committee of students including chairwoman Kelly Ho and Patrick Junpradub from OCC, Gianna Jason and Ilene Umansky from Estancia, and Abby To and Michael Chantos from Costa Mesa High. Kiwanian Jeff Dimsdale was the project advisor.
In addition to a full complement of clothing and shoes, the children from first through 11th grade received comprehensive school supply kits appropriate to their grade thanks to the generosity of donors, including Hoag Hospital, the Costa Mesa Community Foundation, Union Bank, South Coast Plaza, Sears, Office Depot, Orange Coast College, the Starbucks Coffee Co. and attorney Gregory Bartone.