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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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.