Today, Linens N Love brought the entire Valencia High School together to celebrate the community in the holiday spirit in our project, Operation: Clean Christmas Care (CCC).
Our student leaders contacted various hotels and received donations from the Marriott Marquis of San Diego and the Comfort Inn and Suites of Murrieta. Thank you, donors! We appreciate you.
These bottles of travel sized toiletries were perfect for the homeless, who could easily transport the lightweight goods around for the holidays. Our student leaders decided to set up a care packaging station out on the Valencia High School Quad where thousands of students pass by during lunch. Students were encouraged to stop by and write an inspiring message on tags to attach to these travel-sized donations, which were later taken to the Santa Ana Homeless Shelter.
Our team worried that there wouldn't be many students who would bother to come by and fill out a tag for a stranger in need because lunch time is precious to many high school students. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find hundreds of students walking over to the table just to spread some holiday cheer for someone else! Students brought their friends over to our care packaging station and devoted time to drawing beautiful holiday pictures, writing kind messages such as "Stay strong!" and "You are loved," and even volunteering at the station to aid our busy team members.
The holidays are truly a magical time of year, bringing together a diverse community of teenagers united with a common goal of brightening someone's day. I am grateful this Christmas for these passionate and dedicated volunteers and would like to thank the Linens N Love student leaders, the Marriot Marquis, Comfort Inn and Suites, and every student and teacher who came to share a bit of love this holiday season.
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