Last week I had the privilege of joining Danielle Lam, a member of our PCH Prize Patrol Elite Team, on a very special Prize Patrol trip. One that will forever hold a special place in my heart. What made this trip different was that we awarded a Big Check to a charity. To an organization and its people who dedicate their lives every day to make a difference to those in need.
The charity was StandUp For Kids, the 1st place charity in The Give Back, where PCH Facebook fans voted for their favorite charity. In typical Prize Patrol fashion, we flew out to San Diego to surprise them with their Big Check for $25,000.00. As soon as we pulled up and saw a few of the kids outside, we knew this trip would be one we’d never forget. Inside, we found a very surprised Rick Koca, founder of StandUp For Kids, Teri Burg, Executive Director of the San Diego branch, and an excited group of kids from the program.
Smiling from ear to ear, Rick began to tell us about the program he created twenty years ago. He explained how StandUp For Kids is run completely by volunteers who go to the streets to find and help kids improve their lives. Teri took us on a tour and showed us how they provide basic necessities like clothes, hygiene products and food.
But after spending just a few minutes there and hearing from kids whose lives the program has changed, it was easy to see that StandUp For Kids is so much more than that. They’re a safe place for kids who don’t feel safe. A family for kids who don’t have family. A new beginning for those who need to start over. They explained how the new year is always a hard time for them and said the money would help them do so much. We couldn’t have been happier to help them make a difference.
We also were thrilled to send Prize Patrol deputies to deliver a Big Check for $2,500.00 to The Give Back charity event second and third place charities, the ASPCA® and Operation Homefront Tri-State. Their work, dedication and passion are amazing, and we hope these donations will help them make a difference in the new year.
And to all of you…THANK YOU! Your votes really helped us make a difference. Thank you for voting in The Give Back charity event, thank you for loyally reading this blog, and most importantly, thank you for caring.
Happy New Year from our house to yours,