<UPDATED APRIL 13, 2014 OPERATION EASTER BASKET | LONG BEACH, CA
   
   
 

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?  In 2005, the project's first year, the goal was 350 baskets.

OUR GOAL THIS YEAR is 1,600 baskets.  Please let us know if you can commit to help bring hope and cheer this Easter season. 

g TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
Please Support Operation Easter Basket

RIGHT NOW
, 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 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

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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 Elementary School Spelling Bee
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Nat'l Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art
Contest
4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
4
Beds, Bikes, Bears & Blankets giveaway to those in need
4
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:
MARK TWAIN
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."

MY MOTTO IS "EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER."

I WANT TO
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!

 

2012 Operation Easter Basket photos
GOAL OF 1,600 BASKETS for the 2014 Operation. Thanks donors and volunteers!

2014 Host Committee
Chelsea Black, Brittany Carr, Jacqueline Case, Ben Castillo, Kym Cloughesy, Nancy Emslie, Cindy Engoy, Nancy Foster, Ryan Grabill, Linda Hanson, Janet Higley, Marleen Hurtado, Keir Jones, Kate Karp, Erica Kilgore, Lisa Loveall, Rick Loveall, Danny Lowenthal, Michelle Molina, Amy Morin, Jeff Neal, Michael & Heather Nelson, Tim Patton, Christine Robbins, Brina Romero-Montano, Justin Rudd, Holly Santos, Judy Seal, Emily Silver, Sharon Sueki, Niki Tennant, Amy Paloma Welch, Jim Woods



Will you drop off some baskets on April 17 and 18, 2014?
Preferred drop-off times (volunteers needed, too):
Bay Shore Church, Belmont Shore
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Good Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

gFILL A BASKET. FEEL THE LOVE.
Operation Easter Basket Delivers Hope and Cheer & Needs Your Help

justin ruddCAN 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 Long Beach through gift-filled Easter Baskets containing items such as:
4 small toys,
4 school supplies,
4 hygiene products, (toothbrushes, shampoo)
4 essential clothing items, (socks, underwear)
4 and some Easter candy.

2012 Photos

We can create baskets for you. Donate here.

Choose gender; add quantities on next page. If the link below does not work, CLICK link below to make a donation to Operation Easter Basket.

gHow 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 a basket that you can use to create your Easter Basket. 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:

4TOYS: 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.

4SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, coloring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, etc.

4HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, soap, comb, bubble bath, washcloth, etc.

4 ESSENTIAL CLOTHING
: 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.

 

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS NEEDED
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.

CLUBS, SCHOOL GROUPS & PLACES OF WORSHIP WELCOME
In addition to efforts by caring individuals, we welcome and encourage participation by area organizations.

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Drop-off Location is in Belmont Shore
Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, Belmont Shore, 90803.
- Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Please drop-off your completed baskets at
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Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore, 90803

ON-SITE VOLUNTEERS & GROUPS WHO DONATED IN 2012
-Adrian; Alison; Angela; April; Aunica; Barbara; Becky; Caroline; Caroline; Christina; Connie; Dara; David; Ellen; Erica; Erin; Giulia; Helen; Ilja; Isabel; Jack; Jane; Jeanette; Jessica; Jewels; Julia; Kathryn; Katie; Kathy; Kelly; Kristel; Laura; Lily; Lisa; Lise; Liz; Loraine; Lote; Lydia; Maddie; Maria; Mary; Meg; Michele; Nick; Ralph; Rebecca; Rebekah; Ron; Sabreena; Scott; Sharon; Shelly; Sjon; Stacey; Torie; Trevor; Trishie; Tracy; Val; Valerie; Victoria; Wendy; Woody
- Dynamic Designworks
- The GAP
- Open Sesame
- Bay Shore Church
- Rogers Middle School
- Exchange Club of Long Beach
- Long Beach Fire Department
- Daisy Troop 733
- Troop 2143
- Troop 4043
- Troop 1373
- Troop 3183
- Troop 7263
- Troop 253
- Troop 233
- Troop 103
- Troop 563
- Dr. Julio Terra

- Belliveau
- Circle K
- TABC
- Lowell Elem., First Grade
- Wilson High School
- Promoshop
- Long Beach Pack 206, Den 2
- Life Steps Foundation
- Millikan Peace Academy
- Hilton Hotel Long Beach
- Artful Thinking
- USC FBS
- Hamburger Mary's
- Falcon
- Jewels Productions
- Calif. United Terminals
- MOMS Club of Long Beach
- Urban Cottage
- HOPE Foundation
- and DOZENS more individuals came and donated beautiful baskets!!
- we'd love to add your name here on this list if you contact Justin@JustinRudd.com.


WHO GOT BASKETS IN 2012?
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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OUR GOAL for 2012 was 1,800 baskets.

ON-SITE VOLUNTEERS & GROUPS WHO DONATED IN 2011
- Linda H., April, Lisa L., Judy D., Ethan & Ella D., Nancy B., Ralph M., Ryan L., Brad M., Woody W., Karina, Moses F., Dara S., Elana Y., Jocelyn, Rev. Charlie E.,, Rev. Susie B., Julie K., Amy N., Romae L., Karen B., Lisa L.,
- The GAP
- Bay Shore Church
- Rogers Middle School - 200 baskets donated each year
- Fairview Developmental Center
- Peacebuilders/Michelle & John Molina
- CSULB Petra
- Junior League of Long Beach/Kids in the Kitchen
- Girl Scout Troop 3213
- Brownie Troop 7893
- Wilson High School
- Artful Thinking
- Hilton Long Beach
- Long Beach Poly CSF/NHS Club
- Twain Elem. School student council
- Weigh Watchers 5K walkers
- Boy Scouts, Pack 206 Dragon Patrol
- Minnie Gant, Brownie Troop 103
- Lakewood Long Beach Mothers of Twin Club
- Loreta Walk Ladies
- MOMS Club of Long Beach
- Daisy Troop 733
- Bixby Elem. Junior Troop 5153
- Girl Scouts, Troop 7263
- Exchange Club of Long Beach
- Long Beach Fire Department
- Precious Lamb Preschool
- we'd love to add your name here on this list if you contact Justin@JustinRudd.com.


WHO GOT BASKETS IN 2011?
Some of the the most underserved children in the Long Beach area:
-Carmelitos Housing Development, 200
-Children Today, 49
-Long Beach Rescue Mission, 40
-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Child Life, 30
-Interval House, 100
-Long Beach BLAST's Northpointe Housing Project, 30

-Bikes 90800, xx
-Long Beach Dept. of Health's Public Health Nurses, 47
-Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, 110
- 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, 50
- His Nesting Place, 30
- Westside Christian Church, 76
- Family Church of Whittier/Signal Hill, 40
- Shields for Families, Inc. (Compton), 80
- Conservation Corps of Long Beach, 200
- Substance Abuse Foundation, 25

-Home Depot Day Laborers/English language program, 53
- Hill Middle School ICES after-school and extended learning program, 17
-City of Long Beach, Black Infant Health program, 37
- LA County Dept. of Children & Family Services, 30

-Treasure Box, 10



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  X CHALK ART
  Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
- High schoolers, college students and adults will use chalk as their medium and 2nd Street sidewalks as their canvas.

 

  X ADULT SPELLING
  - A traditional bee, but the contestants are adults!

  X SPELLING BEE
  $1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee
- The best elementary school spellers compete for big C-A-S-H

  X BIKE PARADE
  The Great American 4th of July Kids' Bike Parade
- Patriotic kids dress up their bikes and parade on the beach bike path.

  XKIDS' COSTUME
  $100 Kids' Halloween Costume Contest
- Searching for the best costumes in Southern California.

  X OPERATION EASTER
  Operation Easter Basket
- Springtime baskets filled with school supplies, hygiene items, art supplies, socks, underwear, toys and candy. More than 1,600 baskets are collected and distributed annually to underserved kids.

  X TURKEY TROT
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-- Tim Grobaty, columnist, Long Beach Press-Telegram


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"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; Mar. 2, 2005