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Foundation Sponsors 'Adopt a Child for One Day' at the Beach

Jul 16, 2015 02:50PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via P.S. I Love You Foundation

Bringing fun, joy, and companionship to kids who might otherwise never visit the beach, the P.S. I Love You Foundation will host its 15th annual "Adopt a Child for One Day" in Manhattan Beach on Saturday. 

According to organizers, the event aims to bring the community together through an easy and memorable event through which adult mentors share time and hope with underprivileged children living in nearby communities, including South Central Los Angeles, Compton, Watts and Long Beach.  

“Our annual ‘Day at the Beach Event’ gives mentors an incredible opportunity to be hands‐on with kids and make a true impact, guiding them to become confident, compassionate and happy adults,” said Patricia Jones, Founder of PSILY. “There is a lot of positive power that comes from connecting with someone who might not otherwise have a mentor to help them tap into their passions, hopes and dreams. While this day is all about the kids, we also know that it is a tremendously joyful experience for our volunteer mentors, and we are encouraging our community and beyond to volunteer for this uplifting and fun day at the beach.” 

The event brings together more than 600 people, involving 300 community volunteers paired with more than 300 at-risk children ages 5 to 12 from local shelters, schools and the Department of Child and Family Services. 

The foundation provides the children and mentors with a full range of supplies for the day, including t-shirts, boogie boards, backpacks with school items, food, drinks, toys and games, as well as access to chair massages, face painting, surf lessons, make-up lessons, and relay races.

Joining the festivities this year is Olympic volleyball star and Manhattan Beach native Mike Dodd, who will teach kids how to play volleyball on the beach, along with members from his local Mike Dodd Volleyball School. 

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., between 6th and 8th Streets in Manhattan Beach. For more detailed event information, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit the Day at the Beach event page. 

The South Bay-based P.S. I Love You Foundation was founded by Jones in 1998, inspired by her compassion and empathy to make a difference in the lives of others in need. Its goal is to create positive and personal differences in the lives of at-risk children so they can achieve productive lives, live with healthy habits, and maintain peaceful attitudes toward themselves and others.

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