“Adopt-A-Family” Holiday Program helps over a dozen local families this Season…

Many have asked, “how do you locate the families you help?”   Answer : Tony’s Treehouse partner’s with local Orange County Agencies and Non Profit groups who identify families with the greatest need.

“Share Our Selves” of Orange County, is one such organization who lovingly provides comprehensive safety net services to the homeless and low-income population of Orange County, CA, since it’s inception in 1970.

To all who participated, on every level, THANK YOU so very much for your time, effort and dollars to give our Adopted families an abundant Holiday.  Nothing happens without volunteers!

adopt a family teamwork with tomalas family. shareourselves 2018. liz.sue.lynn.roger (2)

L to R :  Liz Courselle, Amy Tomalas, Ryan Tomalas, Lynn Tomalas, Sue Bottassi, Roger Tomalas, Adam Tomalas

sue.ryan.amy adopt a family. share ourselves 12.19.2018 Photo, LA Times  12.19.2018

Sue Bottassi, Ryan and Amy Tomalas at Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa Volunteer event for “Share OurSelves”

Update : Treehouse raises $1715 emergency relief funds for Lindsay Family : Home burned in CA wildfires

Below is our initial story and plead for assistance for this family.  We are still taking donations, and up to date we’ve collected $1715 for them, thanks to generous friends and kind hearted strangers!  WE ARE SMALL BUT MIGHTY!  Thanks to all who’ve helped with dollars and prayers.                        November 29, 2018

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Nov 11, 2018 …. Our California Wildfires have destroyed yet another family home of dear Treehouse supporters.  In the little Northern CA town of Paradise, it was last night the Lindsay family discovered, at KOA base camp, that their home, camper trailer and car were all lost in the fires.  Steve and Teri Lindsay, along with their 3 children, had just moved into the home and in process of securing insurance (which is a difficult task now in Nor Cal fire zones). The policy was not yet in effect – THEY HAVE NO INSURANCE COVERAGE to pay for their temp living arrangements, personal items or to rebuild what they have lost.

What makes this even more devastating are the losses suffered with their disabled daughter – Megan’s life depends on her medical supplies and Cpac machine and has mobility only with her electric wheel chair.  Thank goodness Megan’s sweet service dog, Giata, survived & is able to comfort her during this time.

For over 13 years, the Lindsay’s have come to the aid of Tony’s Treehouse, helping with fundraisers, using Megan’s wheelchair van to transport donations, giving time and money to help our cause.  Let’s do what we can to show them that they are not alone, people care and will answer our call for help in the face of tragedy.  ANY size donation will help.

Tax deductible contributions can be made through this website or you can mail a check to the address below, please reference the Lindsay Family Fund.  Time is of the essence. The family and I are grateful for your support.

Treehouse “Food Drive” Benefits Local Food Pantry

This month, we are rallying support for Laguna’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness, and our Food Drive is in full swing to support community efforts.

Our volunteers have already dropped off 5 large boxes full with a wide variety of Oatmeal, granola bars, pancake mix, canned items, rice and many more non perishable goodies…. Read below about the Pantry, It’s Mission & It’s Need ~

Laguna Food Pantry Volunteers with Anne Belyea 11.06.2018

Anne Belyea, Executive Director with Pantry Volunteers

Food Collection Sept 2018

A little bit about our Local Food Pantry :

This amazing group of volunteers are dedicated to servicing lower income individuals in nearby towns, not just Laguna Beach.  Every shopper is different…some are seniors getting by on social security. Some are hampered in their earning power by a physical or mental disability, others are sidelined from working by an injury. Many are working full-time at minimum-wage jobs but simply cannot afford to pay all their bills and put food on the table.  Their mission is to collect and distribute food to people in need.  They offer free, fresh groceries five mornings a week to anyone who signs in at our front desk to shop in our retail-style setting.   Shoppers are invited to choose from a selection of the same products they would find at local supermarkets.  All products are fresh and almost always in their original packaging. Perishable foods are refrigerated or frozen in accordance with industry standards. 

Here are their Values:

Safety
Safety is our first priority in all we do, from the food we provide to the environment we share.
Quality
We strive to provide quality food to the community in a friendly, supportive setting.
Service
In all our actions, we endeavor to serve one another and our community, creating enjoyable, helpful experiences for shoppers and volunteers.
Respect
We champion the worth and dignity of all people and treat everyone as valued members of the community.
Below is a list of their most needed items:
Tuna, Macaroni and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Pasta and Pasta Sauce,
Rice and Beans and Cereal 
 A few drop off locations:
*US Bank, 310 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA
*The Girl Scout House, 190 High Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
*Private residence in Laguna Hills (contact us for more details)
*Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Laguna Canyon and Blue Bird Park
Thank you for your support and please contact us, or the Laguna Food Pantry with any questions or concerns.
Visit the Laguna Beach city Website for a plethora of information on our local issue of Homelessness and Hunger in South Orange County :  https://lagunahungryandhomeless.org/hunger101

Laguna Food Pantry sign 2018

2017 Holiday ‘Adopt A Family’ Program ~ Mission Accomplished!

Another marvelous Season of Giving ~ brought to you by a loving community who rallied to provide dozens of gifts, all shapes and sizes to over 22 adults and children.  Below are just a few highlights of the wrapping, delivering, and celebration of an outstanding Holiday Event for Tony’s Treehouse.   Much gratitude to our donors who contributed time, energy and funds.  A special Shout Out to Shaena Stabler and Team StuNewsLaguna, who continue to publish articles supporting local charities, raising awareness and Spreading the Love!  MANY THANKS TO ALL who participated this year!

Liz Courselle at Gift Drop Off site
Liz Courselle at Gift Drop Off site

Gifts for a Purpose : Mother’s Day Fundraiser~

In celebrating the beautiful Mom’s in our life, the Treehouse is offering some equally beautiful gifts in our online fundraiser.   Send an email (below),  if you are interested in any of the following items, and I can answer any questions:

  • $50 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, any location (Suggested dono $70)
  • Two 60-minute Thai massage, Relaxing Center Spa, Laguna Bch (Sugg. dono $120)
  • $30 Carmelita’s Kitchen de Mexico, Laguna Beach (Suggested dono $40)
  • Pacific Edge Resort, 2 night ocean view room, Laguna Beach (Suggested dono $300) 
  • Two 60-minute Massages at Beach SPAhhh, Laguna Beach (Sugg dono $120)
  • $100 Brussels Bistro Restaurant, Laguna Beach (Suggested dono $120)

Choose a gift for the special lady in your life and we will send via Priority Mail, or a volunteer can deliver anywhere in Orange County CA.   As always,  thanks for your support – you are the reason we can continue our mission of helping families in crisis.   Remember we are 100% volunteer operated so your dollars go to those who need it most.

Much gratitude, Becky

Email:  Becky@TonysTreehouse.org