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Welcome, Superhero Victoria! Over the years Victoria, a local teen who recently had a birthday, learned about Maryvale's children from her parents but never had the opportunity to visit the campus.
To celebrate her birthday this year, Victoria decided to use her birthday money and instead of spending it on herself, bought beautiful bedding sets and clothing for our children.
"I live in the area and have always wanted to do something special for the kids," she said. And this year was the year! Thank you, Victoria, for your kind heart and compassionate donation.
Valentine's Day got a lot sweeter this year, thanks to St. Paul the Apostle School's generous delivery of Valentine’s goody bags for each child, along with toiletries and little toys. St. Paul the Apostle School has been faithfully donating Valentine's gifts to Maryvale since 2010!
To commemorate their daughter Isabella's 15th birthday, the Iarocci family donated gifts (toys, board games, books and arts and crafts) to Maryvale. Friends joined in and participated too! The Iaroccis have been celebrating Isabella's birthdays with gifts to Maryvale for several years. We are deeply grateful to the Iaroccis for their longstanding support of Maryvale!
Maryvale superheroes from Davita's Montebello team with Seema Mathur visited Rosemead Friday bearing pizza for all and a donation for Maryvale's children💜. Thank you superheroes for also bringing words of encouragement and compassion.
We are deeply grateful to artist Sharon Cummings for lending us the use of her art, “Always,” so we can enhance our website with this beautiful image.
Sharon, who has a master’s degree in fine art, has showcased her creations at art shows and gallery installations, but has found the internet to be her best source for displaying and sharing her work.
"Art is not a luxury… it brings joy to the beholder,” Sharon says.
Maryvale is so appreciative for the beautiful heart, both of the drawing and of the artist.
You can view Sharon's creations at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sharoncummingsart.html
Thanks to In-N-Out Burger's Facility Department, our children were able to enjoy toys throughout the holidays!
We are extremely thankful for Marquee Staffing's large donation of holiday gifts for our children.
We enjoyed Bishop Amat's beautiful Annual Holiday Concert at Maryvale!
We are grateful for the kindness and generosity of Bell Garden's Spanish Club. The members delivered an assortment of holiday gifts.
We would like to thank the Southern California Gas Company for its wonderful donation of holiday gifts for our children!
We are thankful for Gabrielino High School’s UNICEF Club's generous donation of toys and other holiday gifts.
Maryvale's Olga Diaz sweetened the holidays with a ice cream party for the children!
Dana Pederson, a longtime Maryvale supporter and LA Orphanage Guild Junior, donated NFL clothing and more.
Anya and her Uncle Alan Fattal
Uncle Fattal has been a faithful Maryvale supporter and brought along his niece, Anya, during his annual holiday donation of books, clothing and toys.
Paul Rivera Jr. and Family
Annual supporter Paul, his wife and daughter donated adorable cat-themed headphones for our children.
Ana Munoz South Pasadena-San Marino YMCA and Veronica Mireles Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA
Right after Thanksgiving, Ana and Veronica started a Christmas gift drive for Maryvale. They received a great response from their communities and purchased an incredible amount of personalized gifts for our children.
St. Paul the Apostle
A Thanksgiving sock drive for Maryvale’s girls and boys resulted in countless boxes of socks in all sizes, shapes and colors! St. Paul the Apostle’s dedicated family of children and parents has supported Maryvale for many years and annually donates goody bags for Valentine's Day and Halloween.
Coldwell Banker’s Claudia Storey
Claudia and company delivered a large amount of holiday gifts for the children.
City of Monterey Park Langley Senior Center
Hosted a toy drive and received a great response resulting in an enormous amount of toys for our children.
Jonathon and Bonita Family Pharmacy
Donated many toys for our children.
Christmas came early to Maryvale, when Philip donated a Wii video system with controller and games, along with 21 Disney plush toys and throw blankets in early December.
Cammi donated a bundle of toys, clothing, arts and crafts books and school supplies for our children.
Alex Henandez and St. Thomas Aquinas School
Donated school supplies, toys and hygiene items.
This long-time supporter brought toys and American Express gift cards.
The Junior Guild hosted an unforgettable holiday party for the Maryvale children! Trey Carlisle, ABC 7 "Cool Kid," and Patrick Blake Leeper, World Record holder in the Paralympics, were on hand to emcee the event. Everyone was on the dance floor to celebrate the holiday. The Junior Guild gifted every Maryvale girl with a beautifully appointed stocking filled with valuable presents. Thank you again, LAOG and the Junior Guild, for your continued support and amazing dedication to our cause!
We are so grateful for longtime supporter, Amie Barsky, who threw a lavish party for the residential girls -- gourmet food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, music and a memorable visit by Santa. To make the amazing day even more memorable, each girl received specially requested presents!
We are humbled by the generosity of Jackie Brooks, a member of the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild’s Board of Directors, who hosted a holiday extravaganza for Maryvale’s Emergency Placement Center children. The event featured an elaborate barbecue spread, carnival games and a visit from Santa!
Thank you Beverly Schwartz and Pacific Western Bank for your continued support with donations and gifts for our children. Additional thanks go to Pacific Western Bank's Diana Timuryan, who has been a longtime Maryvale supporter.
We appreciate St. Mark's Girl Scout Troop for hosting a drive and fundraiser that provided 66 welcome kits for our children!
We extend our thanks to the Hemet Unified School District for its continued support of our children. Roxanna Zamora and company brought our children a busload of wish-list gift items, which will definitely be put to good use!
Thank you so much for the generous Enough to Go Around (ETGA) holiday gifts. The kids have been playing nonstop!
We greatly appreciate the Marine Corps for delivering toys, books and bicycles from its Toys for Tots campaign to Maryvale’s Early Education Center.
Thank you Bianca Valancia, who stopped by today to deliver toys, clothing, books and bedding for our children.
Patrick “Blake” Leeper, eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder, stopped by Maryvale this week to speak and interact with our boys from the Emergency Placement Center. A few weeks ago Leeper delivered an inspirational speech during the Junior Guild hosted Christmas Party for Maryvale's children. Thank you so much for bringing joy to our world!
As part of a school project at Village School, Sophia and Brooke Cotter donated their allowance to buy presents for the children of Maryvale. The girls are displaying the collection boxes they used for their assignment. Thank you for making a difference!
Thank you to former Maryvale volunteer Erica Alvarado who organizes an annual gift drive with her friends and family to benefit our children. This year’s donations featured a car full of gifts!
A huge thank you to Karina Solano, her cousin Meribeth Ochoa and their multi-generational families who decided to step out of their traditional holiday pattern. Instead of exchanging gifts to one another, they decided to donate gifts to Maryvale’s children. When they discovered that the children needed zip-up sweaters, the entire clan donated sweaters for the Emergency Placement Center’s boys and girls.
We greatly appreciate St. Emydius School's generous gifts for our children. The holiday season is much brighter thanks to their compassionate donation.
A great big thank you to the Flavia family for donating toys, clothing and hygiene products for our children, which were enjoyed by all!
We can't thank Ana Battung and her two sons enough for their incredible compassion and generosity for our children. When Ana inquired what items were needed at Maryvale, we responded with earbuds. But we were blown away when the Battungs arrived with a car full of blankets and earbuds! The boys personally chose every blanket so that each child would have an individualized one to snuggle in -- even paying for the gifts from their own savings account!
On Christmas, we give special thanks to the Sierra Madre Fire Department for delivering Christmas gifts to Maryvale's children. Our children and all of us at Maryvale thank you so much for your compassion and generosity.
We are so grateful to Laidlaw's Harley-Davidson Group of the San Gabriel Valley for their generous donation. For the children of Maryvale, Christmas will certainly be a special day, thanks to their kindness and thoughtfulness.
Celebrating the generous spirit and work of Davina who made Maryvale's children the kind recipient of her Bat Mitzvah charity drive. Thank you for the wonderful delivery today.
Many thanks for the generosity and kindness of Southern California Edison employees who helped make our children's holiday wishes come true:) More than 40 kind souls gathered presents over a six-week period to fulfill holiday wish lists at Maryvale. Thank you, SCE xoxoxo!
We are so thankful for the UNICEF Club at Mark Keppel High School for holding a fantastic book drive for Maryvale's children! Thanks to so many generous teens, our kids will be happily reading over the holiday break!
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of LA Rams player Brian Quick and his family and friends when they hosted an incredible holiday party for Maryvale's boys and girls. Brian and company created a winter wonderland complete with arts and crafts, music, a face painter and catered food from BJs. The Rams mascot was on hand to interact with the children. Rams’ teammate Kenny Britt also joined in on the festivities. The highlight of the evening -- when Brian and his family distributed toys from their toy drive to all Maryvale children!
Our heartfelt thanks go out to our friends at Shelter Partnership for supporting Maryvale's children. We are grateful for the many donors who give so generously to Shelter's program. Thanks to the Shelter Partnership team we have been able to clothe boys and girls and whole families through every season.
We were overwhelmed with joy when St. Dorothy’s Quilting Ministry delivered 36 hand-sewn quilts so our children can be blanketed with love.
We are extremely thankful to Joseph Rene and his creative team of beauty volunteers from the Beyond 21st Century Beauty who orchestrated a fun-filled afternoon for our boys and girls.
Maryvale's children and staff were recently treated to a healing Sunday afternoon thanks to a visit by Victoria and her mini therapy horses Willow Blue and Liberty Belle. Thank you, Victoria and team, for an incredible Sunday!
Sending gratitude to Golden State Water's Operation Gobble program and the Pacific Culinary Group for donating a total of 48 Thanksgiving turkeys to Maryvale's kids and families in need.
Thank you, Citibank, for answering the back-to-school call of Maryvale's Education Advocate Silvia Hernandez by donating 70 backpacks and supplies.
Supporter Michael Okun pictured with his wife Tracy.
A big shout out of thanks to realtor Michael Okun who recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a unique charitable fashion. Instead of receiving presents, he requested that guests make donations to Maryvale, and brought in contributions and gifts that totaled more than $3,000 for Maryvale's children.
Thank you, 3M, best known for its multicolored Post-its, for delivering a bright pallet full of Post-its and other office supplies to Maryvale. Our kids made good creative use of the donation, designing Post-it tape art in the form of wallets and other crafty treasures.
New supporter Helga Hakimi delivered a carload of colorful and multi-patterned backpacks (more than 100!), school supplies and donations for our children, courtesy of her coworkers, friends and family.
Sister Martha Garcia (center) welcomes members of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter, Harley Owners Group (HOGs), which celebrated their 17th year of delivering Easter baskets to every Maryvale child.