Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This is an important message about a real problem that I myself suffered from. So many children go to bed hungry. Please take a moment to help the fight against childhood hunger by joining with Feeding America hunger relief efforts. Learn more about child hunger in America and how Feeding America helps feed over 14 million children a year at feedingamerica.org.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
On December 17th I participated in the Johnny Rockets Toy Drive to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo. It was all about the kids, cool cars, and holiday cheer! Santa Clause, Santa Paws, and myself were on hand to help make these children's Christmas that much better. Station 50 brought two Fire Trucks that lead the caravan from Johnny Rockets to the Boys and Girls Club through the center of town! In all, over 150 children received a new unwrapped gift of their choice.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Last week was very busy. More pallets went out and I picked up Holiday Luggage filled with toys to deliver to Casa Pacifica. One of my favorite stops was at Oak Park Neighborhood School where I was presented with 4 pieces of luggage that the pre-schoolers had stuffed full of toys. They even made personalized cards for each of the foster children who would be receiving the luggage. I attended their Holiday Program and loved hearing them sing their little hearts out! Thank you so much for your donations everyone. I am so proud of you! ♥
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tis the season and what better way to celebrate than with our Annual Titleholder Holiday Party. This year it was held at Spanish Hills Country Club. We enjoyed a delicious brunch, exchanged gifts, made memories to last a lifetime, and took hundreds of pictures. It was so nice to have every titleholder's family attend. Thank you to our amazing Director, Eddie Peterson, and each of my sister titleholders. I hope the new year brings you all much joy and success.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Today Miss Teen California Intl, Amanda Jenkins, our Director Eddie Peterson, and myself participated in the 50th Anniversary Christmas Parade in my hometown. What an amazing turnout and you could not have asked for a better day. There were over 120 entries from girl scout troops to marching bands. We all had such a great time and enjoyed being a part of it. Happy Holidays to everyone!
I was happy that Amanda and her family were able to accompany me to the Coachman Car Club Toy Drive for My Stuff Bags. My Stuff Bags is a non-profit organization similar to Luggage of Love. They give duffle bags to children entering the system. Where I give them luggage to foster and shelter children who are in transition. "Skeeter" from Coachman Car Club did a fantastic job of organizing this toy drive. Many car enthusiast showed up to donate a unwrapped toy for this great cause. Amanda, her sister, myself and my siblings all brought a toy to donate to a child in need. Congratulation to the Coachman Car Club on a successful fundraiser that many children will surely benefit from this Holiday Season!
Friday, December 9, 2011
One of our Holiday Luggage pallets was shipped to Day Middle School in Temecula. Once the luggage was filled with toys for the foster & shelter children in their area they sent me pictures prior to the shipment being picked up for delivery. I am so happy that the students, faculty, and staff chose to make a difference this holiday season by helping so many children who are in need. Thank you again Day Middle School... I am so proud of you all!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Last night I was treated to a wonderful dinner as the guest speaker at the Gold Coast Travellarians Holiday Party. To my surprise each of the members of this non-profit organization brought a suitcase or made a cash donation to Luggage of Love. After speaking to the group I was approached by a striking young woman who confided in me that her childhood was very similar to mine. It is always a rare and precious moment when you meet someone else who has had a similar past and has risen above and became victorious rather than a victim. Thank you Debbie Carpenter for this wonderful opportunity, I had an amazing time.
Today I sent a luggage shipment to The University of Redlands Temecula Campus. Thank you Miguel Aranda for getting your class involved in the Holiday Luggage program. Your thoughtfulness is making this Holiday Season better for children in foster & shelter care in your area.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
All I can say is WOW! Thank you Sharon & Scot Benton of Studio B Benton Photography for the B-E-A-U-TIFUL photos and to Austin Ryde of Edge Artistry for the gorgeous hair and makeup. My family and I had a wonderful time in Northern California with you three. To anyone on the west coast who needs
pictures for any occasion, I HIGHLY recommend Benton Photography. You will get amazing photos plus have a fantastic time taking them! Click on the link below to view their website.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Last Sunday while in NorCal I stopped by one of the shelters I send pallets of luggage to. I dropped off a signed photograph of myself that read:
To all of the children who enter this shelter,
anything is possible as long as you believe.
♥ Dedria Brunett,
Miss California International 2012,
Founder of Luggage of Love,
and former foster & shelter child
Friday, December 2, 2011
Today, I had the opportunity to meet with Advokids up north in the Bay Area. Advokids is a legal resource for California foster children and their advocates. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the rights and meeting the needs of children who are in the California foster care system due to abuse or neglect at home.
I met with Margaret and her team of lawyers to learn more about their non-profit and how I can help. Advokids provides direct legal assistance, support and education to foster children and their advocates, including lawyers, CASA volunteers, FFAs, social
workers, mental health providers, and foster and adoptive parents.
For example, when I was finally granted the right to be adopted it took 2 long painful years to be finalized. Advokids would have helped out by giving us FREE legal advise on how to speed things along. This is such a wonderful non-profit that truly aids those having troubles understanding the process and legality issues behind adopting foster children. Please visit their website to learn more about this vital resource.