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 2020 is 3,600 essentials-filled baskets. Please let us know if you can commit to help bring hope and cheer this Easter season.
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, $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, 3040 E. First Street, Long Beach, CA 90803.
TAX ID: 05-0545777
• Each basket averages $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
4Nat'l Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
4Clothing 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.
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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
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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
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2021 UPDATE: We are not gathering to put together baskets again this year because of COVID. But, we'll gladly accept completed baskets at Justin Rudd's garage in Bluff Park and get them to agencies who serve kids in need. Make a drop-off request with date/time to Justin@JustinRudd.com. Deadline will be April 1, 2021.
Some of the 2020 recipients include:
• AIDS Food Store
• A Future Superhero
• Aloha Elementary School
• Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach
• CA Families in Focus
• Children's Bureau/All for Kids
• Christian Outreach in Action
• HOPE Foundation
• Let Us Inc.!
• Long Beach Rescue Mission
• Love Beyond Limits - Long Beach
• Miller Children's Hospital - Welcome Baby Program
• New Image
• Operation Jump Start
• Prep Ed
• Tichenor Clinic for Children
• Washington Middle School
Free baskets for organizations
To request baskets for your Long Beach-area nonprofit organization, email Justin@JustinRudd.com about two weeks before Easter with first names, ages, genders of each child; as well as totals for each age/gender. We'll do our best to create baskets for you, and will respond via email about Wed. of Easter week for your assigned pickup time/date.
2020 Wish List
Full sizes of shampoo and body wash, toothpaste, baby oil, baby wipes, baby shampoo, infant socks/booties, mens razors, hand sanitizer, chocolate bunnies, Peeps, kids socks, all from Dollar Tree. Boxes of full-size, popular candy bars from Costco or Smart & Final.
Drop off items and/or completed Baskets to Bay Shore Church on the week of Easter. Thanks!
The 2020 Operation Needs Volunteers
The Operation takes place April 8, 9 and 10 at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave., Belmont Shore, 90803, Wed. and Thurs. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. - noon (cleanup is noon to 1 p.m.).
Click to reserve your time slot(s) to volunteer.
Donate online now.
• Each basket should average $25.
• Please consider a gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more.
Donations are tax deductible.
Will you drop off some completed baskets on April 8, 9 & 10?
This will be our 16th annual Operation Easter Basket. Our goal is to collect and distribute 3,600 baskets this year to economically-disadvantaged boys and girls -- ages birth to 16.
The three-day Operation takes place at Bay Shore Church's youth center (new location), 5200 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave., Belmont Shore, 90803.
Baskets should average about $25 and contain small toys, school supplies (i.e. note pad, pens, pencils), art supplies (i.e. crayons, markers), hygiene products (i.e. toothbrushes, full-size toothpaste, full-size shampoo and full-size body wash, acne face wash), essential clothing items (i.e. socks, underwear, ballcap, hair ties), and some Easter candy.
NO TOY GUNS: Please do not put toy guns or toy water guns/sprayers in baskets for this program.
WISH LIST: approx. 24-count boxes of full-size popular candies (i.e. Reese's, Snickers, Milky Way, M&M's, Skittles, Charms Blow Pops, Tic Tacs); packs of kids and teen socks; stuffed animals, baby bibs, feminine hygiene products for teens, razors for teen boys and girls, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, kick balls, large bouncing balls, yoyos, puzzles, kids books; boxes of snack bars, protein bars and granola bars; hair combs/brushes for girls and boys, body spray for teens, yellow highlighters for teens. Packs of pencils and pens.
We'll be accepting items only on the week of Easter at Bay Shore Church.
Donors can also make an online contribution of $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), (3-4), (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).
Host Committee 2020 Members Wanted
Will you serve on the host committee for Operation Easter Basket 2020? 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 or $500 (or more) in cash or in-kind donations, and
• giving at least three on-site volunteer hours to help put together baskets. Sign-up to volunteer here: JustinRudd.com/volunteer
• NOTE: there are no host committee meetings.
2019 committee: Sumer Temple and the Temple Family Fund, Christie Peck, Amanda Johnson & Kevin Johnson, Andy Cohn & Virginia Sullivan Cohn, Sharon Sueki, Shelly Stratton, Nancy Emslie, Lakewood Village Community Church Nursery School, Rogers Middle School.
FILL A BASKET. FEEL THE LOVE.
Operation Easter Basket Delivers Hope and Cheer & Needs Your Help
CAN 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 toothpaste, full-size body washes, and full-size shampoo)
• 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
1. 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).
2. 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.
4. Wrap your basket in a cellophane bag (the church has plenty of bags available at the event). And, be sure to mark an appropriate age range & gender for your basket (as listed in step 1 above) on an attached tag.
3. 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.
• 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.
DROP OFF YOUR BASKETS
Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave., Belmont Shore, 90803.
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS ALSO 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, 3040 E. First Street, 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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2019 Operation a Success!
WHER THEY WENT: About 500 volunteers created and donated 3,814 essentials-filled baskets during the 17-hour, 3-day Operation Easter Basket put on by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). Baskets went to 32 agencies and schools in the Long Beach area:
Bayfront Youth & Family 124
Christian Outreach in Action 509
Community Action Team (CAT) 18
Creative Arts/Huntington Academy 71
Day Laborers of Signal Hill 145
Harbor UCLA Medical Center 40
Long Beach Rescue Mission 695
Love Beyond Limits - Long Beach 100
Miller Children's Hospital 30
MLK Park after school program 20
Starr King neighborhood 50
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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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