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Community & Clubs: Teens feel good about service

January 15, 2013|By Jim De Boom

Julie Clayton, a mother of a Newport Harbor High School water polo player, reported that a number of the boys' water polo team members took advantage of one of their only breaks from practice this holiday to volunteer their time at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The boys woke up early on a Saturday morning to combine their efforts with those of other volunteers to provide a breakfast for many of the area's needy.

The boys helped in setting up, cooking, serving, cleaning up and in performing other general maintenance needed to keep the kitchen going. Meals are served daily in the dining room, which provides a nutritious meal to homeless, working poor families, senior citizens, the unemployed or underemployed, the mentally and physically challenged, and most important, the children in the neighboring community.

When the players arrived at the soup kitchen, a need was demonstrated for a paper-cutter to enable the volunteers to ready holiday items for the guests. The Newport water polo volunteers saw to it that this need was met and presented the administrators with a top-of-the-line paper-cutter to replace one that had broken, saving the volunteers time and freeing them up to meet other needs. The efforts of the team were greatly appreciated by all involved. But, as it turns out, those receiving meals were not the only ones who benefited that day. The boys felt great about giving back to those in need and expressed the desire to return the next time their practice schedule allows, Clayton said.

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Kaiser OTLB delivers!

In a thank-you email to members of the Out to Lunch Bunch, member Annie Younglove wrote, "Ladies, your amazing generosity made the office staff and principal (Kaiser Elementary School) cry this morning!" The OTLB is a group of moms whose children attended Kaiser starting in the late 1970s and still enjoy meeting once a month for lunch, breakfast or a weekend birthday celebration. The moms are Younglove, Ann Alford, Diana Reed, Judy Geim, Donna Wicks, Toby Yockus, Janice Nimmo and Barbara de Boom. Between them, they had 18 kids attend Kaiser; their kids now have 20 kids of their own. This year, rather than presenting gifts to each other, the OTLB members combined their money and adopted a current Kaiser family to share Christmas with.

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