Santa’s Helpers

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Neighbors Build a Wonderland

Kristy Amber and the residents of 637 Glenneyre St. invite friends and neighbors to come and enjoy the winter wonderland of lights they’ve created outdoors.

The 6:30-8:30 p.m. nightly open house began this week and continues through Dec. 23. Santa Claus will be present to collect letters from children and accept donations of cash and toys for children and gifts for animals. Two local charities, Operation Santa Claus and New Beginnings for Animals, will benefit.

Organizer Kristy Amber, with beanie, and Peter Kuntz, with Santa hat recruited their neighbors to create a light show on Glenneyre Street.
Organizer Kristy Amber, with beanie, and Peter Kuntz, with Santa hat recruited their neighbors to create a light show on Glenneyre Street.
Organizer Kristy Amber and Peter Kuntz, with the help of Glenneyre Street residents, team up to make a difference for two charities.
Organizer Kristy Amber and Peter Kuntz, with the help of Glenneyre Street residents, team up to make a difference for two charities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legion Sends Cheer Overseas

Christmas arrives soon, but for American Legion Auxiliary members Diane Connell and Beth Johnsen the holiday has been ever present in the last year. Their handiwork produced 120 Christmas stockings. Earlier this month, with an assist from other Post members, they were filled with goodies and sent to service personnel in Afghanistan and Okinawa.

Busy stocking makers Diane Connell and Beth Johnsen
Busy stocking makers Diane Connell and Beth Johnsen
American Legion Auxiliary members from left, Sandi Werthe, Jean Law, Diane Connell, Beth Johnsen with Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise founder Cynthia Martinez.
American Legion Auxiliary members from left, Sandi Werthe, Jean Law, Diane Connell, Beth Johnsen with Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise founder Cynthia Martinez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legion Auxiliary also partnered with a San Clemente non-profit, Words of Comfort, Hope and Promise, helping stuff 2,000 more stockings with the same purpose.

Girl Scouts, Top of the World Elementary students and local Rosalind Russell added cards as well.

 

Rotary Helps With Holiday Preparations

 

Rotary’s high school Interact Club member Haro Urushido helps Juana Sanchez.
Rotary’s high school Interact Club member Haro Urushido helps Juana Sanchez.

Eighty five families picked up Thanksgiving holiday meal boxes supplied by the Rotary Club at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

 

 

 

Church Hosts the Homeless for Breakfast

Sixty-five homeless guests were treated to breakfast, musical entertainment, and gifts including back packs and sleeping bags at the 15th annual Homeless Christmas Breakfast, held at the Laguna Presbyterian Church on Dec. 12.

Ed Sauls served as master of ceremony at the event organized by Rick Shoemaker of Laguna Presbyterian and Ann Richardson from the LDS Mormon Church with the help of 25 volunteers.

Boy Scout from Troops 35 served as wait staff, while Brian and Sue Back organized the kitchen “staff.”

A community effort organizes a breakfast party for the town’s homeless population.
A community effort organizes a breakfast party for the town’s homeless population.

Missy Palino and Jennifer Baker with Girl Scout Troops 145 and 1440, along with other scouts, assembled 100 decorated hygiene kits for the guests.

Carols were sung by Girl Scout Troops 1440 and 2165 accompanied on the piano by Carol Reynolds.

“This is what Christmas is all about,” Shoemaker said.

 

 

 

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