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Toys For Tots returned to Maryvale in 2017, and our children and families are forever grateful for their kindness. Toys were donated to all programs at Maryvale with a special emphasis toward Early Education children and their families. Thank you, Toys For Tots team, for keeping our children in your hearts,
We would like to thank first-time supporter, Honeybee Foods, and their team who held a toy drive over December to benefit Maryvale's children. During their staff Christmas party, Honeybee collected toys for our girls and boys and then delivered them to the Rosemead campus in person. Thank you for your kindness and compassion, Honeybee team!
We are sending a shout out of gratitude to the Ross Family & Friends and the students from their Waldorf School 7th grade class for putting together a thoughtful donation benefitting our Emergency Placement Center children. The group gathered and donated backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, socks, and a cuddly stuffed animal all designed to provide comfort and care for Maryvale's youngest and newest residents.
Maryvale's children were treated to an extra special visit by Santa and his helpers before Christmas! Kris Kringle brought a special Italian meal and presents for all. Thank you Santa Anthony and team for everything!
The mid-December Saturday morning turkey line at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica was well worth the wait when multiple Maryvale families enjoyed the delicious Viking donated turkey baskets over the holiday weekend. Our thanks goes out to #vikingcharitiesfoodbasket
Another #MaryvaleSuperhero team held a toy drive for our children and delivered cartloads of gifts. Thank you, May and Issac, and all of your friends and coworkers for thinking about our boys and girls this season! Christmas was extra special thanks to supporters like you.
Many thanks go out this week to the multiple #MaryvaleSuperheroes who donated gifts to the "Big December Gift Giveaway" afternoon organized by our wonderful Activities Department. From Skechers to a large donation of winter coats for our boys and girls, the afternoon was filled with happy children. We are all so appreciative of everyone's generosity!
It's time for a huge Christmas shout out of thanks to the amazing @MannyMua733 and @Morphebrushescosmetics in Brea for selecting Maryvale as a recipient in their toy drive for foster youth! Manny held a meet and greet toy drive at Brea Mall earlier this month and more than 600 people donated presents at the special event. We've been wrapping furiously ever since! Thank you, Manny and Morphe, for your thoughtfulness for our children:). Christmas is only a couple of days away and your kindness is making so many boys and girls happy.
Our girls and boys were treated to a return visit by the Sierra Madre Firefighter's Association who came to campus earlier this week bringing a firetruck to explore and presents for every child. Thank you for all that you do for our communities every day and for the extra kindness you delivered to our children this holiday season.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for Elise and her family, including the amazing Frankie the French bulldog, who all visited campus for the first time with donations this holiday season.
More than 50 members of the amazing SoCal Bolt Riders came to campus recently delivering presents generated from their toy drive. Thank you one and all for your collective heart and work. You have helped ensure Christmas will be joyful for our boys and girls:)
We are so grateful for the efforts of the West San Gabriel Valley Realtors Association for coming together for Maryvale's children two times this month. Thank you for the donation to Maryvale and thank you also for working together to raise funds so that the kids could go Christmas shopping.
We are so thankful and grateful for supporters Julie and friends who came together to bring comforters and bedding sets and other lovely gifts for Maryvale's children. The group asked for a list and then divided and conquered, delivering a truckload of brightly colored joy:). .
Giving thanks today for return supporter Victoria who also brought friends Pauline and Brandon into her Maryvale holiday gift endeavor. The high school students donated bedding and other gifts helping keep our kids cozy and happy! Thank you holiday angels:).
A group of holiday angels descended upon Maryvale's Rosemead campus and delivered a vanload of gifts donated by the members and staff from the Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA and South Pasadena San Marino YMCA! We can't thank you enough for your return visit and toy drive benefitting our children during the holiday season. Each YMCA group created personalized "Giving Trees" located in the entryway of the locations. Each Christmas tree was adorned with homemade ornaments (made by the staff!) that included wish lists for every child. Can you hear the tearing of the wrapping paper now? You've helped make this holiday extra special. Thank you again for working together to bring happiness to our kids
Sending a shout out of thanks to members and family friends of the Zuko Rebels for visiting our campus and bringing presents and good wishes for a beautiful Christmas for Maryvale's children and staff. Your thoughtfulness and kindness made our day!
It was looking a lot like Christmas last weekend thanks to the efforts of return supporter Amie Barsky and her team of helpers. We are so thankful for Amie's annual Christmas Angels party with delicious food from Wolf Gang Puck, arts and crafts, music with a DJ, and the always anticipated visit by Santa! Thank you, Amie, for your continued kindness and gracious heart for our children:).
Sending a shout out of gratitude to members of a San Gabriel Valley 500 bowling club who came together and brainstormed creative ways to raise money for donations and presents for Maryvale's children this December. From creating raffle baskets to asking each member to bring a gift on some of their outings, the club brought several cartloads of gifts to campus last week. Thank you for making this season extra special!
It's the day after Christmas and our kids and staff are thankful for all of the kind supporters who graced our campus this December like the members of Grace Indonesian Church. A group made a return visit to campus this year bringing jackets, singing Christmas carols, and were ready with a fun art activity. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
We are so thankful today for the multiple #MaryvaleSuperheroes who donated gifts to the "Big December Gift Giveaway" afternoon organized by our wonderful Activities Department. From Skechers to a large donation of winter coats for our boys and girls, the afternoon was filled with happy children. We are all so appreciative of everyone's generosity! #GratefulHeart #fosteryouth #socialworkers #HappyKids
High School student Leo and his younger sister worked together once again to support Maryvale's boys and girls with a yard sale! The duo raised funds to help purchase presents for our children from the holiday Wish List. Many thanks again to Leo and his sidekick for donating toys, clothing, books, school supplies, bedding, arts and crafts supplies and more. #MaryvaleSuperhero #Gratitude
Maryvale was blessed once again with the kind hearts and thoughtfulness of a family who donated holiday gifts for our children. We are grateful for the support and efforts of Narine and her children to ensure our girls and boys have an extra special Christmas morning! The family dropped off their donation of toys, clothing, art supplies, and more, to our Rosemead campus and we couldn't be more thankful! #MaryvaleSuperheroes
Three generations of a Whittier family visited campus recently bringing presents purchased from our Wish List for our boys and girls. Compassionate work clearly runs in the family (!) and we give thanks for the heart and efforts of Tom and his daughters and granddaughter. #MaryvaleSuperheroes
At the heart of Maryvale are dedicated superheroes like Vicky and her husband Richard. For nearly 20 years Vicky has hand-stitched beautiful quilts for the children (with the assistance of Richard who does the finishing work). The couple also shops year-round for the perfect children’s gifts and recently delivered a truckload of holiday toys and quilts to the campus. Thank you for always keeping Mayrvale's children in your thoughts!
Maryvale Staff Superhero Saturday salutes Miss Jacqueline Reyes! Miss Jacqueline's strongest characteristic is her imagination and how she supports her students' ideas and interests. She has a special gift in recognizing her students for their individuality, and makes each child feel special through their accomplishments, big and small!
It's #TBM (Throwback Monday!) and we are giving thanks for another fabulous Community Ambassador/Superhero team who visited one weekend! Self-named "Give Hope," this church group & friends came to Maryvale donating pool toys, beach towels, books, games and more. They also made a monetary donation to go toward the needs of the children. And even better yet: They brought pizza, sang songs with the children and enjoyed lunch with our Emergency Placement children. #MaryvaleSuperhero #GratefulHeart
Our superhero supporter of the week is Leo, a high school teen whose cousin grew up in the neighborhood, and his young sister Jessica. When the duo learned about the children living at Maryvale, they reached out to Leo's community and held a couple of yard sales and bought donations for our kids with the proceeds! Before embarking on their shopping trip, they took a look at our Emergency Placement Center wishlist and then purchased zip hoodie sweatshirts, African-American hair care products, Halloween costumes, undergarments, long-sleeved shirts and Halloween decorations. Thank you, Leo and Jessica, for your kind hearts and community ambassador outreach!
Today we are thankful for the dedication and service of Deborah Morales, Residential Support Manager. A Maryvale staff member for 17 years, the core value Deborah exhibits every day is "compassionate service." Thank you for your beautiful heart and kind spirit, Deborah! #maryvalesuperhero #beautifulheart #socialworkers #kindnessrevolution
Sending our congratulations to the filmmakers, cast and crew of "Manolita," a short film that recently won the Mexico International Film Festival. We are grateful for the filmmakers who donated the proceeds of the film's debut through their Cherry Tea organization to support Maryvale's children! The production visited Maryvale in 2015 to conduct research about orphanages for the film. Thank you #MaryvaleSuperhero
Maryvale was recently the grateful recipient of a thoughtful cash donation and a bright collection of 3Mgives items that are sure to keep the Agency operating in colorful efficiency. 3M is the creator of such popular office items as the colorful Post-It, rulers, tape, and other products. The office supplies, put to immediate use across all programs, found the most creative application in the hands of our children. Maryvale's kids used the bright, multi-patterned rolls of tape to create beautiful artwork. 3M donates cash and products to education and nonprofit organizations in communities in the United States where the company has a facility. #maryvalesuperhero#TraumaInformedCare #creative
Wow! What an incredible Saturday afternoon our children and staff recently enjoyed. We are thankful today and always to the Harley-Davidson Group of the San Gabriel Valley for their dedication and support. Our more than 70 children and staff members were treated to an end of summer pizza party! The children enjoyed seeing and learning about the motorcycles and vintage cars that roared onto campus over the weekend bearing back-to-school supplies.Thank you HOGs! #maryvalesuperhero#TraumaInformedCare #socialworkers
Today we are especially grateful for the commitment and work of local leadership group PCL 46 Irrazonables.Over the course of several months, a dedicated group of six members raised $2,000 to support Maryvale's children and families. Thank you, PCL 46 Irrazonables! We cherish your compassion, open hearts, and dedication. You are a #MaryvaleSuperhero!
Many thanks to the West San Gabriel Valley Association of REALTORS for hosting an incredible back-to-school ice cream social for Maryvale's children. The ice cream and school supplies also were greatly appreciated!
Thanks to the kind people at Grocery Outlet in Rosemead, Maryvale's children and families benefitted from a July food and donation drive. With gratitude we would also like to thank every shopper for compassionately contributing to the effort. Your participation helped provide a sense of hope and the comforting knowledge that someone cares to local families in need. Your generousity has changed lives💜 #MaryvaleSuperhero
Thanks to a local Girl Scout troop Maryvale has its own community service patch. Thank you, girls, leaders and every community member who contributed to the Girl Scout goods' drive for Maryvale's children!
Though it's only August we are thinking about December and giving thanks for all of Maryvale's remarkable superheroes like the Skechers family who last year donated a pair of shoes for every child at Maryvale!
Thank you Edison International for your kindness and donation to Maryvale! This group from the Human Resource Department at Edison has made Maryvale's children part of their ongoing philanthropic mission. Thank you!
Many thanks to Amici Accessories for lavishly accessorizing our girls with belts, scarves, hair ties, purses, phone covers, journals and more. The girls are enjoying their new summer looks!
A great big thank you to PetSmart locations in Tustin and Costa Mesa for their generous donation of stuffed animals. Our children are enjoying these warm and fuzzy companions!
Celebrating supporter Susan Hunt with Soroptimist International, Glendale, for donating 72 sets of new "superhero" PJs for our children. Susan and her organization have been donating pajamas to women and children's shelters for five years. This year Maryvale was a thankful recipient.
Valentina Galvan and Marissa Alejo, student council members from Westhoff Elementary School in Walnut, hosted a book drive in honor of Dr. Seuss Week, to benefit our kids in the Emergency Placement Center and Early Education. We are grateful to service-oriented Valentina and Marissa for displaying outstanding early leadership skills by meticulously coordinating the book donations for our extremely appreciative children.
Sending a huge thank you to the Cortez family for the donation of amazing welcome bags for our children. Adryana, her husband and 9-year-old daughter all gathered friends and family to help purchase clothing, curling irons, make-up, journals and all kinds of other special items so that every child who comes to Maryvale will feel extra special.
Maryvale's children had a wonderful morning with the San Gabriel Valley Hogs & Friends at Maryvale on Palm Sunday:). Celebrating 18 years of compassionate commitment to Maryvale's children and staff, some 40 plus Hogs and members of Redemption and La Familia visited our Rosemead campus bearing Easter baskets and smiles for every child. This was an extra special visit honoring Dennis, who introduced the Hogs to Maryvale 18 years ago and who passed in the last year. Sr. Alicia along with many children and members of Dennis' family blessed a beautiful new tree donated and planted in his memory. Thank you wonderful Hogs. We love you.
Industrious and kind first-grader, Caitlin, recently visited Maryvale with a super delicious donation: Girl Scout cookies! Caitlin, with the support of her family and Troop 12135, raised money to purchase boxes of her very favorite Girl Scout cookies (Savannah Smiles, Trefoils, Samoas, Thin Mints and Toffee-tastics!) for Maryvale's children.
Thank you, Caitlin!
We are so grateful for the generosity and support of the Omni Los Angeles for helping Maryvale's children by donating to our upcoming Golf Classic and the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild's upcoming gala. Two one-night stays with breakfast and parking at the Omni Los Angeles will go to the two lucky high bidders! All proceeds directly benefit the foster children in our care who are struggling to recover from past trauma. For more information about the Omni auction item or to learn about other items up for bid, please contact Liz Jackson at email@example.com.
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.