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Generous Dollars Raised to Help Local Struggling and Hungry Families

We have survived a real challenging year!  Every day we have been tested, but we have worked together to survive. But we realized that we needed to support each other and stay positive!  Shonda, one of our Rancho Damacitas Empowerment Village moms, recently said – “When I didn’t have the strength to move on or believe in myself, there were people that did.”

Rancho Damacitas and the Community Mission of Hope, two of our local nonprofits serving hungry and struggling families, set out to ask the community to help in a new and creative way.  

We created a community event calling on everyone to step up and get their creative juices flowing.  Exciting ideas emerged, including bake sales, charcuterie board delivery, musical events and a drive-by BBQ as the community responded. We also held an event at the Promenade Mall encouraging others to support the effort. Our amazing community responded generously with an outpouring of care and funds.

The highlight of the weekend was a 7 Course in-home Dinner. A few donor couples joined at Todd and Chris Close’s home to dig deep and meet the challenge to assist Rancho Damacitas and Community Mission of Hope.

With the support of Sportscaster and NBA star Bill Walton, by ZOOM, and testimonials from grateful recipients of the local programs, the small but generous group responded to raise far more than ever before.

The road ahead remains uncertain, but the future seems more hopeful when you realize our local community’s generosity.

For more information on how to volunteer and donate to help, visit

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