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So much to share with you - lots of good reading!

We’re three weeks into January and have so much to share with you-

  • Our next ZOOM virtual “foodless potluck” fundraising gathering

  • A review of the Parenting “Learning” Bags

  • The ever popular “Where did your donations go?”

ZOOM Fundraising

Our next virtual “foodless potluck” is February 18th at 5PM. As many of you know our potlucks have been our primary fundraising events with “world famous” food!

We can’t wait to get back to our in person real potluck and to see you all in person and taste that world famous food! In the meantime we will keep on with the ZOOM version without any of that fabulous food.

Here is the link to the ZOOM meeting to be used on February 18th:

We will have some fun, hear from our advocates and raise some much needed funds. Below you’ll see what our advocates have been up to during December – it’s been a wild ride.

We have a suggested donation of $50 which was set originally as the equivalent of what a good meal out might cost. We gladly accept donations of all sizes!

We are looking for donations of raffle prizes for our May meeting. If you have any items you’d like to give us for a raffle prize, please email us at

Current Project -Parenting Learning Bags

Our latest project runs from now until the end of February. The list of items is at the end of this email. A couple of suggestion:

You may want to join up with one or two others to fill a bag.

Each bag should be labeled with the level of the items and please put your name on the bag.

If you purchase individual items, please put them in a bag and label which level they are for.

Where to drop off bags is in the list below.

Where did your donations go?

Below you will read about so many urgent and emergency needs fulfilled by our very busy, dedicated advocates – we thank them for their work! Your donations made a huge difference!

Advocates’ Updates

The Link – Erica Andrade December donations $2,500

  • Family of four must pay a large down deposit for a new apartment. They did not have the funds to pay their water bill. $200 to Grover Beach Water Company

  • Fathers work hours have been cut due to COVID. They have spent their income on rent and do not have enough to pay for their propane tank. Their propane tank helps run their home. $100.00 – Vons Gift card

  • Family of six in need of toiletries. Mother is unemployed and father works part-time harvesting vegetables. His hours have been cut due to winter -$50 Visa Gift Card

  • Single-mother has been having financial hardships due to COVID. She is working part-time as a housekeeper. She is need of funds to help cover the cost of warm socks and pj's for her children. $50 Visa Gift Card

  • Family is having a difficult time paying their rent due to COVID-19. $250 Rental assistance

  • Family has focused on paying their rent but cannot afford their gas bill this month. Mother works part-time as a housekeeper and father has had his hours cut due to COVID. $148.94 Gas Company

  • Single-mother in need of food and essential items for the students Christmas break. $100 Gift card

  • Fathers car was stolen at the beginning of December. He is using most of his earning to purchase a used car. Family in need of utility assistance. $87.70 Electric, $51.64 gas $59.99 Internet

First 5 Early Learning Centers – Lauren Thorne December donations $1,000

  • Family in need of assistance with utilities $258 Water Company

  • Gas cards for a parent to commute to Fresno nursing school and back to Oceano - $300 gas cards

  • Family in need of food assistance - $300 Vons gift card

Lopez High SchoolJennifer Bowen, PrincipalDecember Donations $1,000

  • High School is holding funds in a graduation fund for later this spring

Lopez HS Wolf Den Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries – December donations - $500

  • Christmas gift bags for Nursery babies- $50 Dollar Tree

  • Christmas gift bags for 3 families - Costco - 2 Men's & 1 Woman's Jackets - 4 Men's & 3 Women's shirts for the Christmas Families$185.97

  • Converse - 1 Pair Men's Shoes for Christmas Family $64.64

  • Van's - 2 pairs of shoes for Christmas Family $118.53

South County Youth Coalition

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Jessica Baza – December donations $2,000

  • Family are in need of clothing. No extra income for clothes for the kids. $100 Ross

  • Dad lost his job due to Covid and mom is only working part time. Needs food assistance. $100 Walmart card

  • Dad lost his job due to Covid and mom is only working part time. Needs assistance with phone bill $159 AT&T

  • Mom is not working and dad lost hours at work and needs assistance Need food assistance $100 Walmart/Food4Less

  • Single mom just went through divorce and is losing hours at work. Needs assistance with utilities $100 PG&E

  • Single mom of 5 struggling to pay their bills. Water is way past due and needs help. $300 City of Grover Beach

  • Grandma caring for child got laid off from work and has little income. Needs assistance with utilities $154.15 PG&E

  • Family is homeless and needs to get to Atascadero to homeless shelter $30 Shell Station gas card

  • Mom lost hours and is behind on several bills. Needs help with car registration. $300 DMV

  • Single mom on disability and unable to pay rent this month $300 MGF –landlord

  • Single mom, no income, just had back surgery and is falling behind on all bills. Needs assistance with rent. $600 Le Sage landlord

  • Family is struggling and living in an RV and let go from work after back injury. Needs assistance. $50 Shell Station gas card

  • Family is homeless and is in need of food and basic needs. $200 Marshalls and Food4Less gift cards

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Karina Ayala – December Donation $2,000

  • Mom is disabled and Cash Aid ran out. She is behind on utility bills. Needs any assistance with utilities $300 PG&E

  • Both parents lost their jobs and are currently not working. Behind on their bills and need assistance $125 So. Cal Gas

  • Both parents lost their jobs and are currently not working. Behind on their bills and need assistance. $114.73 Spectrum

  • Both parents lost their jobs and are currently not working. Behind on their bills and need assistance. $60 Ross gift card

  • Family is migrant seasonal workers and currently not working due to weather/season. Needs rental assistance $300 Arthur Garboa landlord

  • Dad was deported to MX and mom is the only one working. She is struggling to adjust financially. $200 Roosevelt Apartments – landlord

  • Single mom diagnosed with colon cancer and not able to work. All help is needed. $167.92SLO Probation

  • Mom is homeless and has found a place for her and her daughter to live. Needs help with deposit. $100 Moriarty Property – landlord

  • Single mom needs help with brakes on her car. She cannot work due to being pregnant right now. $250 American Tire Depot

  • Family is on disability. Mom is having knee surgery and will not be able to work. $173 DMV

  • Family is on disability. Mom is having knee surgery and will not be able to work. $127 Nipomo Community Svc

  • Mom had to stop working due to not having a sitter for the kids. Kids need new clothing. $50 Walmart gift card

  • Single mom not working due to Covid and needs help with her share of bills. $75.66 PG&E

  • Dad tested positive for Covid and is out of work. In need of food assistance $100 Cyder Village Apt.- landlord

  • Single mom had Covid and stopped working for over a month. Needs help catching up. $300 – gift card

Oceano Family Resource Center – Stella Medina – December donation $2,000

  • Mother just had emergency surgery and recovering. Husband recently moved out. Loss of income $300 Juniper Apartments – landlord

  • Lost job due to Covid. Covid hit their family and mother is still sick. Behind on bills. $105 OCSD Water

  • Recently separated from husband and hours were cut at work. Needs food assistance. $150 Food4Less card

  • Single mother struggling to makes ends meat needs clothing for her son $100 Target gift card

  • Recent loss of work due to Covid. Needs rental assistance. $300 Moriarty Property – landlord

  • Dad just had major surgery and family is in need of food - $150 Food4Less food card

  • Family affected by Covid and had big loss of income during recovery time. $300 M. Cisneros – landlord

  • Dad just had major surgery and kids are in need of warmer clothing $200 Marshall’s gift card

  • Loss of job and behind on bills. Needs assistance $172.10 City of Arroyo Grande

  • Client not working due to Covid shutdown. Needs help with internet bill for schooling. $169.17 Spectrum

  • Loss job due to Covid and needs help with tune up of her car. Safety issue. $230 Medina Tires

  • Client lost her job before Thanksgiving but finally got her UBI but needs help catching up with past due bills- $150 Food4Less food card

  • Mom lost job but starts new job next week. Needs help with a bill.$50.82 – So. County Sanitary Co

  • Mom just had major surgery and needs assistance with gas card to get to her medical appointments $200 Gas and food cards

South County Youth Coalition – Sara Zepeda – December donation $1,500

  • Purchase of and distribution of $2,000 of toys through a donor’s donation of$2,000 –Whiz Kids

  • Family is in need of warm clothing and socks for the children $100 Walmart gift card

  • Family of 6 living in trailer has no source of heating and needs warm clothing and blankets.$100 Walmart gift card

  • Family of 4 living in trailer has no source of heating and needs warm clothing and blankets. $100 Walmart gift card

  • Children are in need of clothing. Family has no extra income. $100 Marshall’s gift card

  • Clothing needed for the kids $100 Marshall’s gift card

  • Family is in need of clothing for the children. No extra income to buy $100 Marshall’s gift card

  • Single mom about to deliver baby in need of diapers $29.99 Costco

  • Single mom with no support about to deliver her second child is in need of item for both kids. Clothing, socks, pajamas, blankets etc. $180.55 Carters

  • Grandmother is raising grandkid and needs help with clothing for her. $50 Marshall’s gift card

  • Family is need of all basic need items right now. $50 Marshall’s gift card

  • Lost hours due to Covid and needs help with warmer clothing for the kids. $50 Marshall’s gift card

  • One income family in need of food, diapers and clothing $100 Food4Less/Marshall’s gift cards

  • Single mom with 4 kids struggling to make ends meet. $50 Food4Less gift card

  • Lost job due to Covid and needs gas to get to medical appts $25 Shell gas card

  • Lost job due to Covid and facing food insecurity $50 Food4Less

  • Mother lost her job due to Covid and needs help with gas to get to her new job $100 Arco

  • Single mom tested positive for Covid and off work. Needs help with food. $100 Food4Less

  • Student is new to the area and needs clothing family cannot afford to purchase $50 Marshall’s gift card

  • Student in need of sports equipment for youth in need $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods

Casa Solana – Renee Poirier – December donation $800

  • Payment for 1 month of the “gift bed” at the Casa Solana - $800

Parenting “Learning” Bags

One of our agencies, South County Youth Coalition is holding parenting skills classes! They have 80 new parents (40 English Speaking, 40 Spanish Speaking) signed up and could use some help with providing the practice items for the parents to use at home. We are hoping to make up 80 “learning bags” by February 28! There are 4 levels in the curriculum with 20 parents in each level.

Level 1 babies 0 – 12 months

Level 2 babies 12 – 24 months

Level 3 toddlers 24 to 36 months

Level 4 children 36 months to 5 years

Listed below for each level are the items or types of items helpful for a parent. At the end is a list of books (Spanish and English) that would also be helpful. We need 20 bags for each level. Pick a level, purchase the items, fill your bag (any bag will do), label the bag with the level ( eg. LEVEL 1), Send us an email that you have filled a bag for what level(this is important). We will send out an email when the levels are maxed out (20 at each level). Bags can be dropped off at either:

Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer

621 Eman Ct, Arroyo Grande

Tuesdays or Thursdays (any time after 8) in the cardboard box by the front door


Lynette Roberts 179 Danny Lane -Nipomo

Level 1: babies 0 – 12 months

  • Sensory balls

  • Teething rattles

  • Indestructible book or a bath book

  • Num Num Pre-Spoon (stage 1 baby spoon)

  • Infant toothbrush

  • Pink Stork Post-Partum Recovery Tea

  • Hallow teething tubes

  • Wink natural teething relief

  • Any nursing related support items such as nipple cream, nipple pads, lactation tea etc.for example - Lansinoh Breastfeeding starter kit: nipple cream, nursing pads, breast ice packs

Level 2 – babies 12 – 24 months

  • Wooden blocks

  • Wooden puzzle (simple)

  • Crayons and paper

  • Busy board

  • Shape sorters

  • Xylophone toy

  • Toddler pillow

  • Toddler books about numbers, colors or shapes

  • Lift the flap books

  • Silicon suction plate for toddlers

  • Toddler Zinc Sunscreen

  • Toddler tooth-brush and tooth paste

Level 3 toddlers 24-36 month

  • Bee Hive/Honeycomb style puzzles

  • Animal figurines

  • Hand-kite instrument

  • Washable kids paint and paper

  • Kid safe knives

  • Toddler apron

  • Toddler cookbook

  • Toddler tooth-brush and tooth paste

  • Toddler Zinc Sunscreen

Level 4 toddlers 36 mo-5 yr

  • See and spell learning puzzles (English and Spanish)

  • Hive matching game

  • Miniature busy board

  • Phonetic reading blocks

  • Toddler Water Bottle

  • Toddler Lunch Pail

  • Portable travel potty seat

  • Toddler Zinc Sunscreen or Toddler Sun hat

  • Toddler tooth brush and tooth paste


Level 1

Simple & Safe Baby Led Weaning Book by Malina Malkani MS RDN CDN

  • Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers by Karen Kleiman

  • Your Baby’s First Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Baby Signs by Joy Allen

Level 2

  • What to Expect in the Second Year by Heidi Murkoff

  • The Ultimate Toddler Activity Book by Autumn McKay

Level 3

  • The Montessori Toddler: A Parents Guide to Raising a Curious, Responsible Human Being

  • No Drama Discipline by Dan Seigel

  • No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury

  • Try New Food: How to Help Picky Eaters Taste, Eat & Like New Foods

  • Potty Training in 3 Days: The Step by Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers

  • Lets Go to the Potty by Allison Jandu

Level 4

  • Outdoor Exploration Kit/toddler gardening tools

  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

  • El Grufalo y Otros Cuentos by Julia Donaldson

  • A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

  • The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson

  • No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury

  • Whole Brain Child by Dan Seigel

  • Yoga for Kids and their Grown Ups by Katherine Ghannam

  • El Hombre Palo by Julia Donaldson

  • La Saltinadora Gigante by Julia Donaldson

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