Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cypress Students Bring Blankets To Skid Row Homeless

Cold winter nights are coming soon and many area homeless have no way to keep warm. On Monday, September 21st a large group of volunteers from the Cypress area traveled to Los Angeles to deliver care packages to homeless people on Skid Row.

The trip to LA was timed to celebrate the International Day of Peace. This distribution of care packages was the culmination of eight months of preparation.

Many schools in Los Angeles and Orange Counties assisted in getting ready for the big day. Participating schools included: ABC Preschool, Brethren Christian School, Ernie Pyle Elementary, Intensive Learning Center, Landell Elementary, Lindstrom Elementary, Mayfair High, Suva Intermediate, Woodruff Elementary, Swain Elementary, Laguna Nueva Elementary, Los Coyotes Elementary, Lake Center Middle School and Orangeview Junior High.

Students from these schools teamed up with adults and local college students to hand make 300 blankets. Then care packages were assembled that included the blankets as well as personal hygiene items, socks, knit caps and other items.

On September 21st these packages were delivered to needy individuals living on the streets and not able to be cared for by established agencies and facilities. The need is great as these homeless people are actually sleeping on the concrete due to crowded conditions at Los Angeles missions.

This grass roots project was organized by local area residents Stacy and Tim Tuttle. About six years ago they started an organization called *Campaign For Care.* Many residents and community groups from Cypress, Buena Park and the surrounding area have assisted them in making and delivering 3,865 hand-tied blankets to the homeless since 2004.

One of the major supporters of *Campaign for Care* is Cypress Church located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. People of all ages in the Cypress Church congregation have been instrumental in donating clothing and supplies for those who are less fortunate. Student Ministry Pastor Danny Kugelberg and many of the Junior and Senior High youth and college students from the church participated in the September 21st distribution trip.

*Campaign For Care* welcomes volunteers and donations. Information is available from Stacy Tuttle by email at: Cypress Church serves the communities of Buena Park, Cypress, Anaheim, Los Alamitos and the surrounding area. Sunday Worship is at 8:45 am and 10:30 am. Youth groups meet on Tuesday evenings. Details about the Cypress Church youth programs are available at (714) 952-3001 or email:

Photo Caption: Students from Cypress brought blankets and care packages to homeless people on LA's Skid Row on Monday, September 21st. The distribution was organized by *Campaign For Care* and Cypress Church Student Ministries.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Road, Cypress, CA - (714) 952-3001 -

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