mom-1This last July our dear friend and volunteer Dodie passed away at the ripe young age of 99 years old. I often think of the sparkle she had in her eyes, her warm smile and the zest she had for living. She often spoke of what a wonderful life she had lived, so much loving for her family and friends, never having any pain and always feeling full with love and a pure joy for living.

My relationship with Dodie began about 20 years ago. She was the mother of one of my dearest friends Bettie who was on the board of Childbirth Connection Foundation and she often came to gatherings and activities that we all did together including our annual Easter egg hunt, visiting the pumpkin patch and our holiday party. Also we were able to spend personal time together over the years, getting to know each other and attending many lovely afternoons at tea parties and evenings at concerts where we were all together! She always looked adorable, very put together with a spring in her step. She always seemed much younger than she actually was. Her famous saying that I would hear her say over and over again through the years was ” it’s all about attitude and gratitude” and whenever she said that, she would giggle.

I don’t remember the year she started wrapping Christmas gifts for our Foundation. But early on after the Foundation was formed and we started having our annual Holiday party, we needed volunteers and she let me know that she wanted to wrap all the Christmas gifts. All we had to do was deliver them to her house with wrapping paper and tape and she would do the rest. It had to be early on in 2006 that she took on this huge endeavor of wrapping the packages for all the children we gave presents to each and every year. Since we were working with about 50 families, there were so many gifts!! At least 100, maybe more! And she wrapped each one beautifully with such loving care…How did she do it? That was the thing. She did it with such love, we named her as our official gift wrapper! And just like that she became one of our first volunteers since 2006 until the last few years when we recruited another volunteer, my mother in law Marion (now 88 years young) to assist her. She continued to attend our annual events. She loved coming to the holiday party and watching Santa give out all the presents she had wrapped!

Everyone who knew Dodie felt blessed to have known her. We loved having her be a part of things and we are feeling her absence and missing her.

Thank you Dodie! We love you and will always remember you!

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RoxyAngela (Large)It is such a pleasure to write about our most recent mentor Angela S. who is currently volunteering and tutoring some of the children we work with who need extra help.  She approached me a few months ago and expressed her interest in helping those who need some extra special attention along with homework assistance.  Angela is the daughter of two parents who have been in our program since 1995. We have known her since she was born.  Angela understands what it’s like to have parents with a developmental disability and the challenges that come along with that.

Angela shares her experience. “I am enjoying this experience because it makes me happy to see the kids progress in the little time that I have been doing this. When I see that they are enjoying the time I am spending with them, it helps me feel like I am making a difference in their lives.”

Currently, Angela is going to UCLA and is graduating this June 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  She plans to go into teaching.  We are so proud of her and are thrilled to have her be part of our program!

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Hi friends, each summer Childbirth Connection Foundation sponsors several community outings that are child-oriented. These outings are great opportunities for the parents and children to have a fun day by meeting new friends and socializing with other families in our organization.

Here is what is scheduled to have this summer. All the details will be later posted.

June 17th Los Angeles Zoo outing

August 11th Splash Park at Panorama City Recreation Center

October 28th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Tapia Bros.

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Childbirth Connection Foundation 2016 Easter Event

May 9, 2016

On March 24th the Foundation sponsored a fun day at the park to celebrate Easter! The day included egg dyeing, hunting for eggs, a bubble pool complete with wands and of course spending time on the playground! Please go to 2016 Photo Gallery to enjoy some of our favorite pictures!

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2015 Upcoming Events

October 5, 2015

Hi friends, each summer Childbirth Connection Foundation sponsors several community outings that are child-oriented. These outings are great opportunities for the parents and children to have a fun day by meeting new friends and socializing with other families in our organization. Here is what is scheduled to have this summer. All the details will be later posted. June […]

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Our partnership with California State University Northridge

May 11, 2015

It is such a pleasure to write about our partnership with the Sociology Department at California State University Northridge. We began this relationship in 2007 and we have been utilizing students in our internship program as mentors and tutors to children who are in need of a positive role model in their lives. Take a […]

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Adopt A Family-Thanksgiving

May 10, 2015

Once again we want to thank Westland School  for participating in our Adopt a Family Thanksgiving Partnership. 2014 marked our 22nd year of Westland School partnering with our organization to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving dinner and much more. Over and over our family members express their gratitude for being remembered during a […]

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