San Diego Nearly 500 kids had something to unwrap for Christmas thanks to the San Diego Bike Club and the participants in their annual toy ride.
Two hundred and thirty cyclists followed Santa during a 45-mile ride from UC Cyclery in the La Jolla Village Square to The Salvation Army Kroc Center and back as part of SDBC’s 30th Annual Light Up a Life Holiday Toy Ride.
Participants in the annual ride brought an unwrapped toy and canned or boxed food items with them to Kroc Center. Along with toys, they were also encouraged to donate for those in need. This year, riders donated more than 450 toys, $225 in checks and $105 in gift cards. Preselected families throughout Rolando, Del Cerro, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, College Area, La Mesa and City Heights were able to shop in the Toy n Joy Shop. Visit sdbc.org.
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Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management firm, announced that in keeping with its 18-year-old Christmas holiday tradition, all 50 employees donated gifts to those less fortunate in the community, giving a combined $18,000 out of their own paychecks to 11 local nonprofit organizations. As in past years, 100 percent of the firm’s employees contributed. The holiday donations from the employees was in addition to the more than $100,000 in corporate contributions and individual donations made by the company’s six principals during 2017.
Jeffrey Cavignac, president and principal of C&A said: “The Charity Fund committee members diligently research different organizations and carefully select the ones they are most passionate about.”
This year, employees directed monetary contributions to Casa de Amparo, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Doors of Change, Kids Included Together, SAY San Diego, Serving Seniors, Voices for Children, the Wounded Warrior Project, Monarch School, the Emilio Nares Foundation and Workshops for Warriors.
The company also participated in the SAY San Diego “Adopt A Family” program by sponsoring two families. Last October, C&A employees participated in the Challenged Athletes Foundation 2017 Surf Clinic & Triathlon, donating their time to work alongside children with physical disabilities. Additionally, each month during 2017, four or five C&A employees volunteered their time to serve lunch to seniors at the downtown Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center. The charity fund committee also supported the senior community center’s Hidden Hungry campaign, providing funds for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Visit cavignac.com.
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Manna Development Group, part of Panera Bread’s San Diego franchisee announced that, as it has for the past 14 years, adopted a local family in need to host them for a meal and provide them with gifts or other items. The general managers of each café take the initiative and reach out to local organizations like The Rock Church and Daybreak Church to locate families in need. Making a local impact in the community is one of the core values of Manna, having launched its own nonprofit, Share the Dough, in 2011. Through the voluntary contributions from Manna employees, they have created a fund to be used for team members facing various emergencies, educational scholarships, supporting community organizations and more. They also donate unsold bread and bakery items to local nonprofit organizations fighting hunger. Between the 100 cafés located throughout Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan and Indiana, Manna contributes around $16 million yearly — about $43,853 daily. Visit mannadevelopment.com.
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The San Diego Humane Society announced that pet adoption fees were waived from Dec. 15 through Christmas Eve for all animals in need of homes at all of its campuses and satellite adoption centers. Every animal adopted from San Diego Humane Society is spayed/neutered, current on all vaccinations, microchipped and sent home with a certificate for a free veterinary exam, 30 days of worry-free pet insurance from Trupanion and its first bag of food from Purina. For the 10 days before Christmas, all animal adoptions were sponsored by Sharon Blanchet of ABC Family Law and Phil and Pam Reed, Reed Team at Willis Allen Real Estate in La Jolla. Visit sdhumane.org/how-you-can-help/adopt/available-pets.
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