Building Bikes w/ FoxGives + Challengers Boys & Girls Club

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FoxGives and Challengers Boys & Girls Club tag-teamed to build bikes with awesome kiddos in the club. Together we assembled more than forty bikes, woo hoo!

I helped this cool kid (pictured above) build his first bike. As a master builder of all things IKEA, I thought bikes would be a piece of cake. Wrong! Thankfully this youth tolerated me and the other volunteer’s lack of knowledge in the bike building department. Other teams built three bikes in the time we spent on one. Our kiddo named his bike Blue and it’s awesome because we built it together with lots of extra love (and time).

Each kid participated in mandatory bike safety training, then we all ate lunch together. Kids are entertaining. I found myself admiring their free spirits. I am humbled to have played a tiny role of their lives. I hope that priceless memories and endless joy come along with those bikes.

Give more because it’s awesome. The more you give, the more you get.

Hugs,

Roshell

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#UltimateCurlboxMeetup at St. Jude’s Give Thanks Walk

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When I lift my legs, I expect one foot to move in front of the other. Walking is just as natural as breathing and I have been doing it for twenty-something years. Being unable to walk is unfathomable to me. As I walked/ran at St. Jude’s #givethankswalk I took time to appreciate how blessed I am.

10802854_681749248598870_1601233490_nSt. Jude caters to children suffering from cancer and catastrophic diseases, it’s a pediatric treatment and research facility. Curlbox is a natural hair subscription service that allows curly girls to discover new products every month, for a fraction of the retail cost. St. Jude and Curlbox partnered to created the Ultimate Curlbox Meetup at St. Jude’s Give Thanks Walk.

Scrolling through my Instagram timeline I stumbled across the image promoting the event and jumped on the opportunity. Raising awareness of such a worthy cause, exercising and meeting new curl friends? Win, win and win!

IMG_0987The 5K walk went through Paramount Pictures studios. Three laps around equaled 5K. Since I have so much to be thankful for, I completed two extra laps. The last lap included multiple dance breaks with team captain Nikia and her friend Alexis (not sure if the spelling is correct), so awesome! Seeing so many curlies out there made me smile real big.

All Los Angeles Ultimate Curlbox Meetup participants received swags bags filled with these Carol’s Daughter goodies. Score! Curlbox raised more than $17,000 for the cause and united multiple groups of women together all across the country. AMAZING!

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Hugs,

Roshell

5 Cool Ways to Give Back

Giving back does not always require money… you can volunteer your time, skills and give your love.

1. Join the #HastagLunchbag movement (see video below), make lunches for the homeless/hungry peeps in your community.

*I will be joining the #HashtagLunchbag movement next Saturday, Feb. 22nd with my Echoes of Hope volunteer group. Join us! Details are posted on Echoes of Hope’s Facebook page. Donations are welcome. Feel free to ask me any questions.

2. Walk, play and take selfies with pups looking for homes.

 No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Animal Adoption Center is super clean, organized, and the staff is great.

photo 3. Decorate the visitor waiting area of a hospital and host a craft table for kids during the holidays.

Ask a local store for craft and decoration donations or gather a few friends that will pitch in.

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4. Join a group walking/running for a cause or volunteer to help with event registration.

The Los Angeles Brain Tumor Walk is free to register, unlike most walk/runs. However, donations are accepted. Events like these count on volunteers to help with registration and setup, look for “volunteer” links on their websites.

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The Great Urban Race is not free to register, but volunteers are needed at registration and scavenger hunt locations.

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5. Help prepare care packages for the troops.

Operation Gratitude sends out 150,000+ care packages to military veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers and  U.S. service members deployed overseas. All supplies are provided, just show up ready to work.

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The Habitat for Humanity Experience

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All hail to construction workers, building a house is no joke! Laying the floor (giggles) took at least 6 hours with four amateurs on the job. It was a great experience and more importantly, for a great cause.

With volunteer labor and donations, Habitat for Humanity provides families and individuals affordable safe places to call home. Good stuff, right?

Echoes of Hope’s ‘Be A Light’ volunteers partnered with Habitat for Humanity/Hollywood for HFH to renovate a house for a family that has lived in apartments with no yard for their little ones to play in.

The day was filled with construction jokes like… “We need one person to lay and another to screw.” and “Look! Two girls are screwing.”

In between jokes we worked hard. We left sore, but grateful that we were able to contribute to something so meaningful. A home is a place of stability, a foundation for success, a loving and supportive environment.

Check out more photos here and watch our “Harlem Shake” video below.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity click the links above or visit http://www.habitat.org.

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Operation Gratitude

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Operation Gratitude sends 100,000+ care packages each year to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, their children left behind, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors and their care givers.  Packages are individually addressed and filled with snacks,letters of appreciation, personal and entertainment items.

Packages are  assembled at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California for safety and security. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 915,000 packages.

In February, Be A Light volunteers spent the morning assisting Operation Gratitude with “Prep” and “Assembly Day” tasks.

Prep” work includes sorting donated items, folding shirts, screening letters, and otherwise preparing the products for Assembly Days. In addition, if time allows,  instructions and materials are provided  for making Paracord Survival Bracelets.

Assembly Day” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines and breaking down cartons.

Check us out in action below.

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Reading To Kids

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The circuit board was at it again on Saturday. We volunteered to read to students at Alta Loma Elementary School.

This was my fourth or fifth time volunteering with Reading to Kids and the experience is always interesting. You never know what a child will say, they don’t have filters and it’s often entertaining. It’s also fulfilling to see them get excited about reading and receiving a book in such a technological era.

To learn more visit Reading to Kids. And feel free to ask me any questions regarding my experiences.

Christmas Caroling at Culver Village

The holiday chaos is over, so I am getting back on track. Bare with me as I play catch up. There are a few events that took place waaaay back in 2012  but I want to share them with you.

Below are pictures from Echoes of Hope’s ‘Be A Light’ project in December. We sung Christmas Carols to the seniors at Culver Village in Culver City, CA. The residents enjoyed it. Our group won the unofficial “Most Festive” award.

The last picture is the Circuit Board tying bows on candy canes and preparing for the project a few days before.

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Hosting “Meals of Love” at Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House

If you follow my personal Twitter and/or Instagram accounts you know that i’m on the Circuit Board of Echoes of Hope’s “Be A Light” program. The program provides Echoes of Hope youth and volunteers with opportunities to actively give back throughout the community. The Circuit Board is responsible for spearheading the Be A Light projects.

Sunday, Nov. 18, we hosted “Meals of Love” at Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House (LARMH), through its Happy Meals program. By preparing and serving dinner to families, who spend all day at the hospital, we allowed parents much needed time to relax and enjoy a meal—without dishes to clean.

After serving families (about 75 individuals) an Italian feast and fresh baked cookies for dessert, we played a few rounds of Bingo using M&Ms and gummy bears as board markers.

This project was a great way to kick off the Be A Light program. The residents and staff were awesome. We enjoyed it so much that we plan to visit in 2013. After cleaning the kitchen we took a tour of the house and learned a few fun facts.

Did you know that LARMH residents come from all over the world? The house is pretty dope. There is a game room filled with just about every gaming system. The library is filled with books, comfy seats and children are allowed to take any book of choice back home with them. And for the moms and pops there is a parents ONLY room.

Below are a few shots from our visit.