Laguna Beach residents Susan and Don Campbell underwrite an orphanage in Mexico by sailing in Orange County.
Susan, who holds a Coast Guard-issued captain’s license, and her husband, Don, offer trips aboard their 34-foot Catalina sailboat, “Campbell Sloop.” They can board six passengers from Dana Point Harbor and offer tours of the local coastline, sunset or moonlight cruises, and whale and dolphin watching. “Susie is a natural teacher; you can learn a lot about sailing going out with her,” a recent guest said.
All donations from sailing outings are submitted to Laguna Presbyterian Church and accounted for in a special fund for Casa Hogar.
Casa Hogar is home to 50 children who are orphaned or whose family cannot care for them. The home’s managers hope to make room for 10 more children in the near future. A typical day at Casa Hogar involves 165 meals, 52 beds, 20 loads of laundry, 12 rolls of toilet paper, six time-outs, five loose teeth, six gallons of milk, five haircuts, eight bandaids, three trips to three schools, six soccer matches, two softball games, 42 baths, and countless hugs.
To learn more about Campbell’s Sailing Charters and Casa Hogar, visit the couple’s site www.campbellsloop.com/.