Imagine a cold and lonely Christmas with no one to hug you, no presents under the tree, no stockings hanging with your gifts. Some children have nothing to hope for and no one to give them the love they need. Kids in foster care act out because they don't have the tools and knowledge to deal with their situation. Lost in the county run group homes, they feel like a whale in a tank. There is no motivation to go to school. No one to hug them or tell them that it's important to go to college.
John Williams was only nine when his parents died. For some reason, he fell through the cracks and never in foster care. At the age of 16, he had a vision. He would have an organization to support kids like himself.
Statistics say that "only 10% of foster kids go to college and of that only 2% graduate," said Petrie Alexandra Williams, President, Safety Harbor Kids, whose group gives full college scholarships for children with a 3.6 GPA Our goal is to get these kids tutoring. We bring music lessons and knowledge to their home. "Children who learn music get better grades and learn easily and have a higher earning power. Our goal is to get them training and education. Our kids are 13-17. Unfortunately, when they are 18, they are often kicked out of the foster care system with nowhere to go, no purpose, dream or mentor. We provide that. We take them to film sets, help them with jobs, and give them a reason to continue or finish school. Through Pepperdine Guardian Scholarship Program, we are able to help them with scholarships to further their education.
On December 8, 2013, you can help these kids at the 7th annual Safety Harbor Kids Founders Challenge. This year Hal Sparks will be hosting along with Malcolm McDowell and his guest Pierce Brosnan and Quincy Jones, with the group Blush, will play. In the seven years they've been in business, they have raised over 6,000 gifts and 1,000 holiday stockings stuffed with goodies and school supplies to more than 1,200 needed children.
How can you help? $35 gives a lonely child a present or $50 gives them a present and a stocking. $500 gives 10 children the gift of love. For only $360, you can sponsor a child for a whole year. Every sponsored child receives a holiday meal with all the trimmings, motivational speaker science guy Hal Sparks, special music performance, and fun music, art and woodcrafts to do. Tesla will have models displayed at the party. Due to limited seating, this event is for a limited number members and the children from the homes. If you are interested in attending, it's important that you donate and RSVP today.
It's $100 for an individual member and $200 for a family. They also request for their toy drive - a new or unused, unwrapped toy for a child of 13-17 to be dropped off at the Duke's Malibu restaurant on or before December 5, 2013. Toys left over go to the homeless shelter.
Be part of their founder's challenge, go to the web site, and click either gift or gift and stocking or write them. Their goal is to have 750 toys and stockings for needy kids to reach this year's bar. Top sponsors get their names and company logos in a newsletter that goes out to 10,000 people, along with a national press release, and their name is highlighted on the web site. Last year, Tesla partnered with us for our fundraiser and Astrid Hertz from the Hertz Foundation gave to many of our children. The year before a law firm out of Texas, Baker Botts, won the challenge.
Duke's Malibu is located at 21150 E Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265; (310) 317-0777
The organization has other fundraisers open to the public, as well, and one in March will be with Jackson Brown. A polo event is also planned, and as a member, you get extra benefits.
For more information write to Safety Harbor Kids at 23838 PCH #14, Malibu, CA 90265 or call Petrie Alexandra Williams at 800-277-0497