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Nos Amis/Our Friends, Inc.
Children Helping Poor and
Homeless People (CHPHP)
2554 Lincoln Blvd., #522
Venice, CA 90291
Phone:  (310) 840-4777
Phone:  (800) 333-4349

CHPHP Online Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 9

December 1, 2003



Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program

Share the holiday spirit with a specific Family in need. Just contact CHPHP and you will receive a profile of your grateful Family and their holiday Wish List.
      Gift certificates and food gift certificates are marvelous while specific gifts are so appreciated.
      Recommendations for giving: Gift certificates from Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart or any popular chain; Food gift certificates from Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons or any popular chain. Specific wish list requests can be replaced with gift certificates.
      Guidelines: Please bring all gifts unwrapped and tagged/marked with the Family Member's first and last names. Avoid references to school/group/donor names and all addresses.
      Kindly bring your Family's holiday gifts to CHPHP on Monday, December 15th at 9am - 11am at the CHPHP Storage Area in Public Storage at 4th and Rose in Venice and the code to get in is *1405107. Donations are tax-deductible.
      Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving In A Box

We thank everyone - so many generous young people and adults - for providing nutritious wonderful Thanksgiving Feasts to over 1,000 people! A great Thanksgiving for all!
      Perhaps this one story can express the true impact of your generosity. When CHPHP volunteers bought a beautiful Thanksgiving In A Box to the door of a single Mom, she explained that she had just been talking to her children. She said, "I just told my children that we would not be able to afford Thanksgiving dinner this year. I believe God sent you. Thank you so much!"
      Among those who shared their time, efforts and generosity...

     Lisa, Missy, Jorge, Elena, Debi and more Parents from Brentwood School donated and delivered 100 Thanksgiving In A Box - truly lovely baskets here. Purchases of turkeys sold by Brentwood High School students make these baskets an annual total-school success.
     2nd Grade Parent, Julianne brought 200 pounds of candy from Canyon Charter School. These sweet treats will also help the menu for the ongoing CHPHP Routes for Homeless People.
     An early delivery of canned food and tuna from the Carlthorp School Community, including Lis and Nikki, began the holiday season! We thank everyone - administration, teachers, staff, parents and students - for your ongoing participation and help.

     Laurie and her Mom, both representing Crossroads School, delivered much-needed cans of tuna helpful now and through the CHPHP Routes for Homeless People. Our sincere thanks to everyone at Crossroads, and we mean "everyone", for your continuing support for each year of so many years!

     Audrey, Linda, Stacie, Gill, Deborah, Susan, Jenny, Myrna and Teachers, more Parents and Students representing Echo Horizon School brought 100 Thanksgiving In A Box - beautifully decorated boxes - plus lots and lots of extras. A thoughtfully planned school-wide event, the Echo-Horizon School Community has been producing these nutritious feasts since the first Thanksgivings In A Box event!
     Wonderful baskets filled with delicious Thanksgiving food and goodies, including flowers, plates, and special extras were donated and delivered from Our Lady of Malibu School by Friends and Parents, including Ellen, Maureen, and 8th Grade Students. We thank all the Members of Our Lady of Malibu Community for your continuing generosity and compassion for those in need.

     Billy of Page Private School delivered their great first school canned food drive organized by student president, Megan, of CARE, Regan, Marika, Maya, Glenn, Max, Cameron, Luke and Edward. We look forward to continuing our work together!

     Park Century School surprised everyone when Rich delivered a cornucopia of canned foods generated by a school-wide contest won by the 7th Grade. We can only say, "Great Job! Thanks to one and all!"
     An early delightful surprise was an outpouring of canned tuna from Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School through teacher, Kelley, which was delivered by Maureen. To all, we say, "Thank you for being there for those who most need your help!"
      Thanks also to all volunteers who helped so much make this a sensational Thanksgiving: Patrick, Ryan, Teresa, Kim, Tina and Vista Day Treatment Center Consumers, Benn, Teacher Carla and 5th Graders from John Muir Elementary School, Odell, Yolanda, Chela, Addie and Friend and Salvador.

From Chase, OLM

In Memory of our Friend, Gary

CHPHP Volunteer Center

By Ellen
Our dream is to buy and maintain a building which will be a center for all of our volunteers to come and provide services for the poor and homeless people within our community.

Our unique center will be a collection place for clothes, food and other household items. Our volunteers will sort and place the items in our sorting wall, food pantry or thrift shop. Other volunteers will come and distribute the items to people in need within our community.

Our center will provide space for our mentoring, peer tutoring and literacy programs. Volunteers will work one on one with poor and homeless shelter children and will tutor them in school subjects.

Our center will schedule cultural programs such as concerts or performances by one of the schools/groups/individuals. The residents of homeless shelters will be invited to enjoy uplifting entertainment.

Our center will provide space for a library, law center, job finding center, audio visual room, arts and crafts room and nursery to be used by our volunteers and residents of homeless shelters.

Presently, there is no volunteer center where students, teachers and parents can come on any given day to help their community. Isn't it time we create one? We can't do this alone. Call or email us with your ideas and contributions. You can be part of this one of a kind experience.


Initiate...means to go about the initial steps in doing a task. Our task is to develop a volunteer center. Following are some practical steps you can take to make our center happen.

Corporate Sponsorship: A yearly grant for the startup and maintenance of the CHPHP Volunteer Center. Amount will go into a general fund or can be earmarked for any one of our programs:

Collection Programs include: Routes for Homeless People, Outreach Program for People in Need, Thrift Shop, Holiday Gift Basket Program, Animal Outreach Program.

Improvement Programs include: Mentoring, Arts and Crafts Program, Peer Tutoring Program, Peer Computer Training Program, Literacy Program, Job Tracking and Placement Program.

Cultural Programs include: Theater Program, Concert Program, Library, Law Center.

Small Business Profit Sharing: If you own a small business you can link your web site to ours. Our website will feature a section called Shop CHPHP. Our many volunteers can purchase your product or services and in turn you will donate a percentage of the item cost to CHPHP. Contact us at chphp@earthlink.net to discuss the possibilities.

Personal Event Fundraising: You can organize a yard sale, block yard sale, lemon-aid stand or bake sale in your neighborhood or school and donate profits to the start-up cost of our Volunteer Center. Contact us at chphp@earthlink.net to discuss the possibilities.

Donations can be earmarked for your particular interest or program. It's our hope that you will maintain your interest in that program and eventually be one of our volunteers making it happen in our Volunteer Center. Donations are tax deductible. If everyone does their part, our Volunteer Center will be build and together, we can work to help the poor and homeless children and adults in our community.

Did You Know?  

In 2002, "12.1 million households were 'food insecure', which means that the family worried that they couldn't afford to buy enough food."

Excerpt from "Household Food Security in the United States, 2002, released by the US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service by Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty


The world is in crisis. I think the world is made better incrementally by small gestures, an affectionate gesture, a kiss, a hug, or act of kindness.   -Sting on world peace

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