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November 27, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Its name is Project Cuddle and its mission is to collect enough presents to bring smiles to the faces of more than 300 abused children who have signed up for its annual Foster Holiday Party. "Some of these children may not get anything otherwise," said Jo-Ellen Hurley, volunteer coordinator for the Costa Mesa-based charity. "It was so surprising to me to find out that foster parents only get $174 a year for clothing. I mean, I spent more money than that on a prom dress for my daughter.
FEATURES
By Sue Thoensen | May 14, 2008
The little girl held a spittoon for her father, a Newport Beach dentist, so he could pull the rotted teeth of orphans in Mexico. It was the first time she realized some children didn’t have parents like she did. She thought, “I don’t want them to be without moms and dads.” She’d be riding in the car, see cardboard boxes by the side of the road and think, “There could be a baby inside there.” Pretty heady stuff for an 8-year-old, but Debbie Magnusen said those experiences inspired her to care for abandoned babies.
FEATURES
By By Elia Powers | January 11, 2006
Project Cuddle, coming up on its 12th anniversary, helps women in tough times. `If a woman needs help, she can call and ask for it,' volunteer says. This summer, Project Cuddle celebrates its 12th year of providing safe options to women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. More than a decade ago, before she founded the national nonprofit organization, Costa Mesa resident Debbe Magnusen was helping mothers in distress any way she could. She left a note on her porch alerting women that they could drop their unwanted children with her as a last resort.
NEWS
April 1, 2003
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. For information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. THE PHARMACOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE The institute is looking for volunteers to take part in a study on quitting smoking. To learn more about the program, call (888) 774-4673. PRIME DYNAMICS Prime Dynamics, a Newport Beach nonprofit organization for the 99 and younger set, needs volunteers for its programs.
NEWS
June 3, 2000
The third annual high tea and fashion show in support of Project Cuddle of Hope for Humanity unfolded with panache last week at the Pelican Hill Golf Resort in Newport Coast. The Sunday gathering began at 11 a.m. with a silent auction filled to capacity with generous donations from local merchants. At 1 p.m., high tea was served and a fashion show, produced by Neiman Marcus, was presented to the large contingent of area women in attendance. "We are a small yet powerful guild of women with a membership of only 15 active members," Susan Bridgford said.
NEWS
October 28, 1999
Project Cuddle founder Debbe Magnusen and OCC professor Karen Mortillaro have been nominated for an American Red Cross award. Mayor Gary Monahan nominated the Costa Mesa women for the seventh annual Clara Barton Spectrum Awards for Outstanding Women in Orange County. Magnusen and Mortillaro will be honored along with other nominees at a luncheon today in Irvine with featured speaker Cathy Rigby. Project Cuddle established the first national toll-free hotline for women who are considering abandoning their babies.
NEWS
July 26, 2000
Having just moved from South Africa, Amelia Stokes cannot legally work in this country. So she gives freely of her time. Stokes and her family moved to Costa Mesa three months ago on her husband Stephen's work visa. While her husband works and her daughters Taryn, 16, and Sandra, 13, go to school at Costa Mesa High School, Stokes needed something to fill her time. "If you're not busy, you have no motivation," Stokes said. "The busier I am, the better it is."
NEWS
January 19, 2005
Andrew Edwards For volunteer Cindy Brenneman, any time is a good time to think about fundraising. Even when she goes to a restaurant, she's thinking about her next angle. "It's like, 'The food's really good; can I get some gift certificates?'" she joked. Brenneman, 49, of Costa Mesa, has volunteered with Project Cuddle for about four years, she said. Project Cuddle is a Costa Mesa-based organization that maintains a crisis hotline. Volunteers take calls from women and girls facing difficulties stemming from pregnancy.
NEWS
January 28, 2004
Shawbong Fok Last week, a 28-year-old pregnant woman who needed help called Project Cuddle's 24-hour hotline. She said she was in a violent relationship. She needed to get out, but couldn't ask her parents for help because of her pregnancy. She had nowhere to go and had no one to speak to. Anxious, she had questions churning in her mind. Where would she live? What should she do about her abusive relationship? Where would she seek prenatal care?
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November 24, 2010
Dearly loved mother, grandmother and friend peacefully entered eternal life on November 18 th , 2010. Eloise is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob, who was at her side for 55 years. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Margetich, Joan Therrien, Teresa Manni and her son, Bruce Haubrick; son-in-laws Jim Margetich, John Therrien and Art Manni; grandchildren Joseph Margetich, Julie Margetich; Lance Haubrick, Leslie Haubrick; Jeff Therrien; Derrick Manni, Matthew Manni, Melissa Manni; great-granddaughter, Caitlin.
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FEATURES
By Candice Baker | December 3, 2009
Local mothers and their children gathered for a holiday party Thursday in Newport Beach that benefited babies who might otherwise end up in Dumpsters. Two local Moms Offering Moms Support (MOMS) clubs joined up to hold a boutique and fun morning for local children to raise money for Project Cuddle, a local organization whose goal is to help save babies from abandonment. The day, put together by the Newport Coast and Newport Beach clubs, featured visits with Santa; boutique shopping with moms who run a home-based business; and a bounce house, crafts and activities for the kids.
FEATURES
By Sue Thoensen | May 14, 2008
The little girl held a spittoon for her father, a Newport Beach dentist, so he could pull the rotted teeth of orphans in Mexico. It was the first time she realized some children didn’t have parents like she did. She thought, “I don’t want them to be without moms and dads.” She’d be riding in the car, see cardboard boxes by the side of the road and think, “There could be a baby inside there.” Pretty heady stuff for an 8-year-old, but Debbie Magnusen said those experiences inspired her to care for abandoned babies.
NEWS
October 17, 2007
Costa Mesa High School students seeking a charitable organization so they can earn community service credits in school will find the task that much easier Wednesday when representatives of many such nonprofit groups will be on campus to recruit volunteers. The Service Learning Expo is an opportunity for organizations like the Orange County Interfaith Shelter, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Project Cuddle and the Community Animal Network to educate kids on different forms of volunteer work in their community.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2006
THE PHARMACOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE The institute is looking for volunteers to take part in a study on smoking cessation. Call: (888) 774-4673. PRIME DYNAMICS Prime Dynamics, a Newport Beach nonprofit organization for the 99-and-younger set, needs volunteers for its programs. Call: (949) 262-7300. PROJECT ACCESS Project Access is a nonprofit organization that links residents of low-income housing developments with beneficial social services, usually through resource centers.
FEATURES
By By Elia Powers | January 12, 2006
Project Cuddle, coming up on its 12th anniversary, helps women in tough times. `If a woman needs help, she can call and ask for it,' volunteer says. FOR THE RECORD An article in Wednesday's Daily Pilot, "Cuddle in a crisis," misidentified Talea Magnusen. She is the daughter-in-law of Project Cuddle founder Debbe Magnusen, who has adopted five children. This year, Project Cuddle celebrates the 10th year of its 24-hour hotline. The organization serves as a liaison between women and families who are interested in adopting children.
NEWS
By By Michael Miller | December 9, 2005
Costa Mesa High School hosts nonprofit groups to recruit volunteers from student body.Ariana Douk, like many of her classmates at Costa Mesa High School, has a dream of visiting China next year. It won't be a sight-seeing trip, however. What Ariana and her 11th-grade Business Academy class want to do is attend a trade fair -- and then work in a homeless shelter. "I think it would be worse," said Ariana, 15, who has volunteered at homeless shelters in Orange County. "The conditions would be worse."
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