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'Tis the Season of Giving!

Happy holidays to you and yours! As we reflect on the end of one year, and get ready to welcome in 2013, we want to take a moment and be thankful for everything that 2012 has brought. Things as simple as shelter, food and water, we sometimes take for granted, that others cannot rely on daily.


There are many people, all over world, who are not as fortunate. So in the spirit of giving, we decided that Life+Gear could help deliver light, hope and cheer to those who need it most.


This holiday season, Life+Gear donated 10,000 of our Christmas themed glow sticks to different non-profit organizations across the San Diego area!


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All of the organizations that received donations were very grateful and impressed by the quality and safety we brought to a fun holiday product. These glow sticks are being spread far and wide, for both children and adults.


Here are some images from the 2 days of donations followed by a description of each organization!

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Below is a description of the different organizations we impacted:


1) It’s All About the Kids: A Non-profit Organization that creates innovative programs to benefit & enhance the lives of less fortunate children. Angela Brannan, the president and founder, was extremely excited about the glow sticks and is going to spread them to kids here in San Diego, and also those in orphanages in Tijuana.


2) Excite Steps: Provides services and programs in San Diego for kids, teens and adults who experience Autism and developmental disabilities.


3) Boys & Girls Club of San Diego: Providing a wide array of programs to San Diego’s youth, between the ages of 6 and 18.


4) Fill-a-Belly: Founded by Life+Gear's very own, Matt Romero, Fill-a-Belly is a grass roots weekly dinner for the homeless that focuses on building relationships and healthy social networks.  In turn we are able to steer many homeless towards sobriety, stable jobs, and ultimately independence.


5) Ronald McDonald House: Provides a home-away-from-home for children and their families while their child is treated for serious, often life-threatening illnesses at San Diego hospitals.


6) San Diego Center for Children: Help children thrive whose trauma, abuse, emotional or mental health challenges have kept them from achieving their full potential.


7) San Diego Rescue Mission: A non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless, hungry, and poor men, women and children.


8) Kids Korp: A non-profit youth volunteer organization, which engages young people, ages 5 through 25, in community service. Their goal is to instill in America’s youth the spirit of giving while providing valuable education in leadership and responsibility.


9) San Diego Military Outreach Ministry: Provides a practical way to lift some of the burdens on our military families and a meaningful way to say thank you for their sacrifices in service to our country.


10)The Arc of San Diego: The largest, most comprehensive service provider to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County.


11) Voices for Children: Transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates.


12) Christie’s Place: A leading non-profit social service organization in San Diego County that provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS education, support and advocacy to women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS.

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