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  August 2011
 
Dear Friends,
 
Sure, it’s the dog days of summer. But has that slowed us down at Big Sunday? Of course not! Here’s what’s happening:
 
Backpacks and Barbeque. Our next Monthly on Melrose is a special Thursday evening event. We’ll be collecting school supplies and stuffing them into backpacks from 6 PM to 8 PM on August 11 for the very low-income kids at Hillcrest Drive Elementary School near the Crenshaw area. We’ll be giving away 250 backpacks! (FYI: There are 850 kids at the school.) Many thanks for the very generous donations from Disney, Paramount, the Sobojian family, Anne Reifenberg, Kathy Ohtomo and others. Big Sunday veteran and Hillcrest teacher Kendis Wilbourne will be on hand to tell us about her school. And since this is Big Sunday event, we’ll be eating, too! It all happens at our office, 6111 Melrose Ave. in L.A. We already have lots of volunteers, which is great. However, if you haven’t signed up and still want to help, we ask that you please bring some items for the backpacks. We can especially use new boxes of crayons, pencils, pens, glue sticks and spiral notebooks. To RSVP or for more info contact Suzanne@bigsunday.org. Monthly on Melrose is made possible by a generous donation from Paramount Pictures.
 
Big Sunday Remembers. 9/11 Food Drive and Breakfast. As you probably know, this year will be the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Big Sunday is joining with other groups throughout Los Angeles and the country to remember this difficult anniversary. We will be collecting non-perishable food at our office at 6111 Melrose Ave. starting on Monday, September 5. (You may have read how badly food pantries are hurting.) On the Sunday morning of 9/11, the Big Sunday office will be open from 6 AM to 12 PM to collect, sort, box and deliver food to SOVA.  (The attacks happened at about 6:30 Pacific time, so we thought it would be nice to open the office early.) We’ll also be hosting a potluck community breakfast. There will be opportunities to write letters to soldiers – done in conjunction with our pals at Operation Gratitude – as well as to write your memories of where you were on 9/11. People of all ages, including kids, are welcome to come – and no, you don’t have to be there at 6 AM (though, amazingly, many people have already said that they want to be)! You can drop in anytime that morning. The response to this has already been incredible, with nice folks from Campbell Hall School, Cornucopia Caterers, Crossroads School, Daphneyland, Disney, Echo Horizon School, Ernst & Young, IKAR, L.A. Leadership Academy, Larchmont Charter School, Manatt Phelps and Philips, MAZON, Oakwood School, Paramount Pictures, Parsons Corp., Phoenix House, Real Medicine, Serrania Avenue School, Sinai Temple, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel of Hollywood, 20th Century Fox, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Mayor Villaraigosa’s office (among others!) already offering to help. This should be a really nice event, and we hope you can join us. If you would like a wish list, or want to volunteer or attend, please contact david@bigsunday.org.
 
The 1st Ever Big Sunday Monthly on Melrose Yard Sale. Thanks to everyone who donated, browsed and bought. Big Sunday raised $2500 to send kids to Camp Hollywood Heart! And we were able to donate the nice stuff that didn’t sell to The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Heart of Compassion and Out of the Closet.
 
Everyone helps, everyone wins, every time of year. We’re always telling you that the Big Sunday community is amazing, but this summer they’ve been in overdrive! Recently, Big Sunday participants have provided a new crib for a young mother in need; found grateful homes for truckloads of school furniture; donated toiletries for homeless veterans in San Diego; and given away free Cirque de Soleil tickets to a bunch of teenagers and staff at two deserving nonprofits. And that’s just for starters. (This fall, look for our new community bulletin board!) In the meantime, a great way to keep up-to-the minute on what’s going on is to check out our Facebook page. 

Hope you all are having a nice summer.

                                                   Thanks as always,
                                                       
                                                   David T. Levinson
                                                   Founder and Executive Director
                                                   323-549-9944
                                                   www.bigsunday.org 
             
 


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