Countless Families were Blessed by Your Giving Over the Holidays!

No child deserves to feel unloved or forgotten on Christmas. So from giving a single gift to adopting an entire family, members of the Olive Crest community outdid themselves during the 2018 holiday season! Through our annual Be the Miracle campaign, thousands of toys, gift cards, and Christmas wishes were granted for Olive Crest kids and families. For example: In Los Angeles, 47 families in our Adopt-a-Family program received day-to-day necessities as well as gifts they otherwise would not have...
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This past fall, $38,000 was raised for Olive Crest children and families in Orange County at our La Festa Italiana dinner event held at Seacliff Country Club in Newport Beach. Nearly 250 compassionate attendees came together for amazing food, and most importantly, to give generously to help abused and neglected children in Orange County find safe and loving families. A special thanks to the renowned Town, Gown, and Apron volunteer group, led by Diana Casey, for organizing this amazing evening.

Families in the Los Angeles Area Receive “Boxes of Love”

Olive Crest families received non-perishable food items, plus a gift card, thanks to Pacific Crossroads Church. We love Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles! They generously donated 50 food boxes for our families. Each box was filled with non-perishable food items and included a $25 gift card to Ralphs, so the recipient family could purchase a turkey or ham. This was such a blessing to so many families and is just one example of how donor support helps meet urgent...
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Mission Inn 5K Draws Runners from Across the Inland and Desert Communities

On Sunday, November 11, approximately 50 Olive Crest employees joined forces to participate in the Mission Inn 5K Run in Riverside. People from all over the Riverside and desert areas run in this annual event. It was great to represent Olive Crest and the children and families in crisis in our community at this event, where the goal was to raise $10,000. Thank you to everyone who took part in this fun and worthwhile event.

Hey Jones Day, Look at Us Now!

Jones Day law staff paints bright wall art. All of us at Olive Crest’s Los Angeles office are delighted with our beautiful new office update, thanks to one of our trustees, Erin Burke, and her amazing team at Jones Day Law Firm! On November 11, more than 60 volunteers, including the families of the Jones Day staff, spent the day revamping our Bellflower office, painting, putting furniture together, and so much more to make our offices more inviting. We can’t...
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Heartfelt Thanks to Summit Water of Life Church

Fifty families benefitted from the kindness of Summit Water of Life Church this Thanksgiving. Pictured are three Olive Crest staff members, along with Corinna of Summit Water of Life Church (far right). Olive Crest is indeed fortunate to have great community partners who are as passionate about our kids and families as we are. One such partner is Summit Water of Life Church, which became involved with Olive Crest in the Inland and Desert Communities through the Safe Families for...
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Thank You, Microsoft Volunteers!

Volunteers from Microsoft made all the difference for Olive Crest kids this past Christmas.  We’d like to send out a very special thank you to a group of Microsoft employees who wrapped more than 500 gifts for our Be the Miracle drive in the Pacific Northwest, provided a moving truck to transport all the donated presents, and donated more than 70 gifts for our foster kids, along with all of the wrapping paper and gift tags to make the presents...
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Students in the Inland Area Join Together to Be the Miracle

Fifth-graders at Inland Leaders Charter School provided 22 personal hygiene bags for our kiddos and generously donated several books.  This holiday season, special help from 106 fifth-grade students at Inland Leaders Charter School in Yucaipa gave Olive Crest kids one of the best Christmas seasons ever. It all began when the students reached out to Olive Crest to find out what they could do to help children who have been abandoned and abused. They joined our Be the Miracle drive,...
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The Power of One: Making a Difference… “One Life at a Time.”®

The Power of One Luncheon honored friends and partners of Olive Crest. Pictured are: Wendy McMahan, Director of Foster, Adoptions, and Kinship of Olive Crest in Orange County; Kaye Geiger, who is connected with Mariners Church; Laurie Beshore, also connected with Mariners Church; and Monte Pries, Safe Families Case Supervisor How much can one person do to make the world a better place? A great deal, as was shown at our Power of One Luncheon held on October 30, 2018,...
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Harvest Festival Brings Joy to Olive Crest Kids

Because of your support, children and families in the Inland and Desert Communities were able to attend Olive Crest’s Harvest Festival this past fall held at one of our local group homes. The festival was designed for fun and celebration in a safe and warm environment. Children and families who have been faced with abuse, neglect, and volatile home environments — not to  mention financial and emotional stress  — were able to relax and enjoy a variety of carnival games,...
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