article by Laurie H
Children at The Youth Center in Los Alamitos recently got a sweet holiday treat when The Helpful Honda Guys in Blue came out to spread “Random Acts of Helpfulness”.
“We were looking for great organizations where we could host a gingerbread house making event to make the holidays a little brighter and came across The Youth Center,” said Dianne Mangahas, SoCal Honda Dealers representative. “We brought gingerbread kits for all the kids and helped each child build their very own gingerbread house.”
TheSouthern California Honda Dealers have been surprising SoCal residents with hundreds of weekly Random Acts of Helpfulness for more than 10 years. They have done things like pump and pay for drivers’ gas as prices spike, dispatch the Helpful Honda ice cream truck with free ice cream on National Ice CreamDay, help four-legged friends find forever homes, and hand out roses onValentine’s Day.
“Since 2007, the SoCal Honda Dealers have been demonstrating, firsthand, that they are truly Helpful… no strings attached. Why? It’sour job to be helpful,” added Mangahas.
“We are so honored and thrilled to have had SoCal Honda come to us to make the holidays even that much more brighter for our kids,” said Youth Center Executive Director Lina Lumme.“Our kids had a blast doing something extra special, complete with treats!”
The Youth Center has more than 150 children enrolled in their After School Program at their location in Los Alamitos, with 50 enrolled at their R.A.S.C.A.L.S. site in Rossmoor. The award-winning nonprofit has served the community since its inception in 1952 with social, recreational and educational programming. Children served come from Los Alamitos and the surrounding communities of Rossmoor, Cypress, Long Beach, Hawaiian Gardens, Buena Park and Garden Grove. For more information about TheYouth Center, please visit online at www.theyouthcenter.org.
2. IMG_8680.jpg – Pictured is a SoCal Honda’s employee recently helping a Youth Center After School Program child to build a gingerbread house as part of their “Random Acts of Helpfulness.”
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