“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!

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

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

Annual Adopt A Family Program in Motion! December 19 Deadline for delivery.

Have fun working ‘hands on’ with your family or co-workers…or donate to the cause to make a difference in our County.
This season celebrates Tony’s Treehouse 18th Annual Holiday Adopt Program. We are partnering with SOS (Share Our Selves) of Orange County which is a full-service program providing year-round care and assistance to families in crisis.
How It Works: Volunteers identify needy households of our community, prepare their personal packets, family story and wish lists… you are provided all their information, and shop, wrap and deliver to the Orange County Fairgrounds (we can assist with drop off as well).
Let’s provide these deserving souls a beautiful Holiday Season.   Thanks for your support!

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


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 is our first priority in all we do, from the food we provide to the environment we share.
We strive to provide quality food to the community in a friendly, supportive setting.
In all our actions, we endeavor to serve one another and our community, creating enjoyable, helpful experiences for shoppers and volunteers.
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

Boys & Girls Club hosts RJ for Summer Fun

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THANK YOU to all donors and everyone who coordinated RJ’s 2018 summer fun, with a special Shout Out to Susan Bottassi & Barbara McMurray.  A BIG thank you to Pam Estes, Andrea Randle, Addie McHale, Liz Their & Hans Laroche for facilitating and sponsoring RJ’s week at the Laguna Canyon Branch location.
Upon asking RJ his favorite part of day camp… he replied, “My favorite part was playing outside and meeting new friends.  My favorite day was ‘Wheels Day’ when I could bring my bike. I want to go to the Club EVERY day!”
Boys & Girls Club gave him many carefree days this season, having exciting adventures and playing with new friends.  Just look at the pictures and you can see the joy written all over his face.

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Let’s send RJ to Summer Camp!

Becky.RJ.DaRay.Ryian. June 2018

Our grassroots charity is working to raise $525 for RJ’s Summer Day Camp.  We’re offering a package of 8 donated tickets to the Pageant of the Masters show on July 30, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. Seats are together in the upper Directors Tier, Side BB 64 – 78 at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach.   We are seeking a generous individual, corporation, or organization to buy all 8 tickets for $400.  See pics below ~

100% of this purchase will to go toward funding RJ’s Summer Day Camp fees at Harbor Cities Boys & Girls Club ($525 for 7 weeks). He will be able to attend as many weeks as we can pay for, so any additional donations are welcome.  

A little about RJ…

At age 8, RJ is a bright, artistic, loving child, the oldest of his family’s three boys. As the eldest and a responsible little soul, he often assumes the role of “helper” with his two little brothers, ages 1 and 3. His family recently moved from Compton to more family-friendly housing in the Long Beach area. Dad works full time at LAX as a baggage handler. Mom earns money by styling hair. They’ve been together nearly 10 years and have faced their share of heartaches. Four years ago, their second child, three-month-old Brycen, died suddenly from SIDS.  Our Treehouse family pulled resources together and collected funds to pay for little Brycen’s grave marker.  It’s been a difficult path for them, but the family pulled together through the tragedy and hardship.

Tony’s Treehouse would love to help RJ have a fun-filled summer and send him to camp – he’s never been! Can you help us give RJ a slice of carefree summertime in the wholesome Boys & Girls Club atmosphere where he can play outdoors, make new friends, and connect with caring adults and mentors.  Join the Treehouse to make a difference, one child at a time.



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

Treehouse donors deliver bunk bed for brothers (and new red shoes!)

Volunteers just delivered new mattresses and a bunk bed for RJ and his little brother – these are two happy little boys.  Thanks to the app called “Next Door”, our nearby neighbors answered the call when we reached out, asking for some basic furnishings and home supplies.  This beautiful family of 5 transitioned from sharing one bedroom in a house, to getting their own 2 bedroom, 2 story apartment in Lomita.  Much gratitude to ALL who donated.    We look forward to the upcoming Adopt A Family Holiday Program…… reach out to us if you’d like to participate.

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Sue and RJ

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Every square inch of the delivery van was PACKED!

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RJ and Becky