Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.)

CAN WE COUNT ON YOU and four friends to put together five Easter baskets - one for each of you - for needy Long Beach-area kids?  In 2005, the project's first year, the goal was 350 baskets.

OUR GOAL in 2016 is 2,600 baskets.  Please let us know if you can commit to help bring hope and cheer this Easter season. 

Please Support Operation Easter Basket

, while the need is in your mind, won't you please donate? We receive no government funds, and depend entirely on people like you.

WE HOPE YOU share our love for animals, kids and the environment, and our wish is that you'll consider a gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or another amount so that we can continue to bring you and our community fun events and meaningful projects.

CHECKS to Community Action Team, CA, Inc., or simply "CAT," Attn. Operation Easter Basket, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803.

TAX ID: 05-0545777

• Each basket averages $20-$25.

• Donations are tax deductible.

THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment.

C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes
4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids' Bike Parade
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
4$1,000 National Kids Spelling Bee
Nat'l Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
Clothing giveaways to the underserved
4Bulldog Beauty Contest

I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of a community.

- Justin Rudd!

Justin's motto:
once wrote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."


Explore, Dream and Discover as much as possible in my life here on earth, and I want my Web sites to empower, equip and incite others to do the same.

I WANT TO help folks to find something new and exciting to do and experience. That's why I I formed my charitable organization and named it the "Community Action Team"— a name that I feel encompasses all the varied activities and events that I have (and will continue to) organized for the good of our community.

WHAT CAN I DO to help you explore your potential, make a dream come true or discover new frontiers? I hope to hear from you.

Yours truly,
Justin Rudd!


Volunteers needed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bay Shore Church - Long Beach, CA on Fri., March 24. Can you bring some supplies and join us? The final baskets go out at 3:45 p.m. Help needed with cleanup at 3:45 (and bring vacuums if you have one). Wish list: kids toys, stuffed animals, full sizes of toothpaste, body wash, deodorant.

Donate online now.

• Each basket should average $25.
• Please consider a gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more.
• Donations are tax deductible.

Operation Easter Basket photos
2,554 BASKETS given out during the 2015 Operation. The 2016 goal is 2,600 baskets.

Host Committee 2016
(so far)

So far on the committee:  Tenzin ArmentaDina BergNancy EmslieKristina GaliasRick Loveall and Lisa LoveallKeri ReichJustin RuddDara Samson, Holly SantosDarlene ShackfordLouise SolzmanShelly StrattonSharon SuekiSouth Coast Chorale.

Will you serve on the host committee for Operation Easter Basket 2016? RSVP to Justin@JustinRudd.com if you can commit to:
• posting about it on social media, and
• donating (or getting donated by your friends, family, teammates, and co-workers) at least 20 completed baskets, and
• giving at least three on-site volunteer hours on March 24 (between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and/or March 25 (between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Bay Shore Church.
• NOTE: there are no host committee meetings.

Contact Justin@JustinRudd.com

Will you drop off some completed baskets on March 24 & 25, 2016?

justin ruddThis will be our 12th annual Operation Easter Basket. Our goal is to collect and distribute 2,600 baskets this year to economically-disadvantaged boys and girls -- ages birth to 16.

The two-day Operation takes place at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave., Belmont Shore, 90803, on Thursday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, Rainbow Juices is an official drop-off location for completed baskets and supplies for Operation Easter Basket. Hours are M-F 7am-7pm and Sat/Sun 9am-7pm. 

Baskets should average
about $20-$25 and contain small toys, school supplies (i.e. note pad, pens, pencils), art supplies (i.e. crayons, markers), hygiene products (i.e. toothbrushes, shampoo), essential clothing items (i.e. socks, underwear), and some Easter candy.

NO GUNS: Please do not put toy guns or toy water guns/sprayers in baskets for this program.

Donors can also make an online contribution of $20-$25 per basket (see the left-hand column of this page) and volunteers will put together baskets for you. Use Paypal.com and send to Justin@JustinRudd.com.

Age categories are: (0-2), (2-4), (5-7), (8-10), (11-13) or (14-16). Attach a note to the handle or to the cellophane wrapping of your Easter basket that says "BOY" or "GIRL" and include the age category (i.e. BOY, age 5-7).

Operation Easter Basket Delivers Hope and Cheer & Needs Your Help

operation easter basketCAN WE COUNT ON YOU and four friends to put together five Easter baskets - one for each of you - for needy Long Beach kids? 

OPERATION EASTER BASKET seeks to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations right here in the Long Beach area through gift-filled Easter Baskets containing items such as:
school supplies, (notepads, pens, pencils
hygiene products, (hair brush, toothbrush, full-size toothbrushes, body washes, and shampoos)
• art supplies (Crayons, coloring books, markers)
essential clothing items, (socks, underwear)
and some Easter candy.

How and What to Pack in Your Baskets
• 4 simple steps

step one1. First, decide whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and choose an age category: (0-2), (2-4), (5-7), (8-10), (11-13) or (14-16). Attach a note to the handle of your Easter basket that says "BOY" or "GIRL" and the age category (i.e. BOY, age 5-7).

step one2. Find an Easter basket or Easter bucket (buckets are provided on the week of Easter at Bay Shore Church) that you can use to hold your goodies. Take a look at the items listed below to judge the size basket you think you'll need.

step one3. Then, fill your basket with a variety of gifts and essential items that will delight a kid. Contents should average $20-$25:

TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, plastic kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.
: stacking blocks, pull toys, bathtub toys, small stuffed toys. Ages 2-4: dolls, wooden puzzles, educational toys, busy blocks, teddy bears, puppets, books. Ages 5-7: action figures, legos, bubble bath, balls, Barbies, stickers, play dough, paint sets. Ages 8-12: board games, watches, Frisbees, soccer balls, footballs, purses. Ages 13-16: back packs, diaries, perfume, make-up, watches, jewelry, books.

SCHOOL & ART SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, coloring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, soap, comb, bubble bath, washcloth, etc.

: socks, T-shirts, slippers, underwear, ball caps, etc.

4MORE IDEAS: manufacturer's-packaged candy (i.e. no loose jelly beans or candies), age-appropriate hard candy (i.e. not too small for a young child to choke on), lollipops, mints, gum, sunglasses, flashlights with extra batteries, toy jewelry sets, hair clips, watches, small picture books, gift certificates, books, etc.

4. Wrap your basket in a cellophane bag. And, be sure to mark an appropriate age range & gender for your basket (as listed in step 1 above) on an attached tag.

Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave., Belmont Shore, 90803.

We can help make Easter Baskets for you and we truly appreciate any gift, monetary or in-kind, that would help us to make possible this Easter effort of love. Your tax-deductible check or gift can be payable/mailed to: "CAT" c/o Justin Rudd, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803. Please write Easter Basket in the check's memo line. Or, CLICK HERE to donate by credit card now.

In addition to efforts by caring individuals, we welcome and encourage participation by area organizations.

Learn what to put in a basket.
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IN 2015, THESE 31 GROUPS picked up 2,554 essentials-filled Easter baskets worth approx. $64,000 from the two-day Operation Easter Basket in 2015:
• Bethune Transitional Center 
• Torres Martinez Tribal TANF
• Interval House
• Epicenter Church
• School teachers of youth with cancers
• public nurses
• Long Beach Rescue Mission
• New Image Emergency Shelter
• City of Long Beach Public Health Nurses
• City of Long Beach Black Infant Health program
• Shields for Families
• Catholic Charities
• YMCA Early Childhood Education Program
• Comprehensive Child Development
• Gems Uncovered
• Westside Christian Church
• Operation Jump Start
• Let Us!
• HOPE Foundation
• Luz y Vida, Cherry
• Organizacion de Visiones Unidas
• Harbor UCLA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
• Stramski Children’s Developmental Center
• Carmelitos Housing Project 
• Office of Samoan Affairs
• Tichenor Orthopedic Clinic for Children
• Home Depot day laborers
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach 
• Century Villages at Cabrillo: Oasis Community Center
• Christian Outreach in Action
• Beacon for Him

Host Committee 2015

Erica Abke, Tenzin Armenta, Sprio & Eleni Beckas, Nancy Buchanan, Jacqueline Case, Aaron & Regina Cash, Ben Castillo, Dave Clark, Nancy Emslie, Diana Galias, Kristina Galias, Lena Gonzalez, Christina Jackson, Rick & Lisa Loveall, Norma Morein, Suzie Price, Christine Robbins, Lise Roberts, Brina Romero, Justin Rudd, Holly Santos, Darlene Shackford, Louise Solzman, Shelly Stratton, Sharon Sueki, Niki Tennant, Jacquie Woodruff, and Zamantha Woodruff.

Will you serve on the host committee for Operation Easter Basket 2016? RSVP to Justin@JustinRudd.com if you can commit to:

• posting about it on social media, and
• donating (or getting donated by your friends, family, teammates, and co-workers) at least 20 completed baskets, and
• giving at least two on-site volunteer hours on March 24 (anytime 11 a.m. til 6 p.m.) and/or March 25 (anytime 9 a.m. til 4 p.m.) at Bay Shore Church.

NOTE: there are no host committee meetings.

Some of the the most underserved children in the Long Beach area:
-Carmelitos Housing Development, 169
-Long Beach Rescue Mission, 100
-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Child Life, 34
-Interval House, 100
-Long Beach BLAST's Northpointe Housing Project, 41

-Bikes 90800, 250
-Long Beach Dept. of Health's Public Health Nurses, 60
-NAACP, 30
- Exchange Club Family Center, 9
- New Life Beginnings, xx
-Good Success Christian Fellowship Church, 61
-Christian Outreach in Action (COA), 40
- Trinity Youth Services, Foster Care Long Beach office
, 30
-Woman to Woman, 40
- Shields for Families, Inc. (Compton), 146
-Home Depot Day Laborers/English language program, 84
- Parkcrest/ 7th Street, 130
- Tarzana Treatment of Long Beach, 37
- COA, 64
- CANTA, 14
- City of Long Beach, MacArthur Park, 27
- Bethune, 11
- Gems Uncovered, 35
- Child Family Services, 6

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Community Action Team (CAT)SINCE 2005, this program, began by Justin Rudd and his 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) in 2005, provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project while focusing on the true meaning of love -- the greatest gift.

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"Justin Rudd makes the Energizer Bunny look about as speedy as a fire hydrant."
-- Tim Grobaty, columnist, Long Beach Press-Telegram

"The best friend of Long Beach dogs." --Tom Hennessy, Long Beach Press-Telegram; April 5, 2005

"Meet Mr. Tireless. Sometimes we think that if Justin Rudd never moved to Belmont Shore, the place would be overrun with feral cats and you'd be able to walk from Ocean Boulevard to the sea at Granada on a luxurious blanket of Styrofoam and cigarette butts. Instead, thanks to his work and the word "tireless' didn't exist until Rudd began walking and talking with dogs and clean-ups and education and miscellaneous pageantry, the Shore is a better place to live."
-- Tim Grobaty, columnist, Long Beach Press-Telegram; March 2, 2005