The Southern California MG Club makes an annual donation to a charity selected by the Board from suggestions submitted by members. Previous recipients are listed below.
Spark of Love
We also collect toys at our annual holiday party to support the Spark of Love holiday toy drive run by ABC7 and Southern California firefighters. Over the past two decades the Spark of Love Toy Drive has collected more than 9 million toys. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for under-served children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally.
2016 – Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
RLS also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease. RLS is a neurologic sensorimotor disorder that causes an involuntary and uncontrollable jerking and twitching of the legs; it is accompanied with a tingling, unpleasant numbness type of feeling Symptoms of RLS are most severe in the evening and nighttime hours and can profoundly disrupt a patient’s sleep and reduce the quality of daily life. There is no known cause or cure for the disease. Medications for the disease are inconsistent in effect and augmentation is a significant issue.
2015 – Spondylitis Association of America
The term Spondyloarthritis describes a group of inflammatory arthritis diseases with common features, including inflammation of the spine, eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract. This group is also sometimes referred to as Spondylitis. The most common of these diseases is Ankylosing Spondylitis. The Spondylitis Association of America is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to address the needs of people affected by spondyloarthritis. Since that time, it has been at the forefront of the fight to promote medical research, educate both the medical community and general public and advocate on behalf of the people with spondyloarthritis. SAA receives no government funding and relies on the generous donations from individuals to create and maintain the programs and services aimed at improving the futures of the 2.7 million Americans affected by these diseases. (www.spondylitis.org)
2014 – Make A Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America was started in 1980 and serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. (www.wish.org)
2012 – Volunteer League of San Fernando Valley
The Volunteer League of San Fernando Valley (VLSFV) was founded in 1952 by eleven young women looking for an opportunity to serve the growing San Fernando Valley community, and has served thousands of members of the San Fernando Valley community for over 62 years. Its mission, is to improve the quality of life of children and provide enrichment for the senior citizens in the community. The Centre Clothes Corner, the League’s largest ongoing project, provides basic wardrobes of essential clothing to underprivileged children enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Volunteer League’s Choral Music Troupers has been performing for seniors who reside in convalescent or assisted care facilities in the San Fernando Valley for over 47 years. The Volunteer League is funded by private companies, foundations, and individuals who believe in their mission of making a difference in the lives of our community. (www.volunteerleague.com)
2011 – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles (CASA)
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles (CASA) improves the lives of children in the dependency system by pairing them with trained volunteer advocates to help alleviate the feelings of abandonment and alienation that scar the children in foster care. CASA harnesses the compassion and generosity of caring adults who can and do have an enormous impact on the development of the child at all ages. CASA makes the most immediate connection—one caring adult to one child in need—that can be the turning point in a life that has been interrupted and shaken. The volunteers get to know the children and their circumstances, show them that someone cares, advocate for their best interests (including making recommendations to the Court), encourage them to grow to their fullest potential, and become involved in key issues in their life, especially permanent placement, and school, health, and mental health issues. CASA volunteers give a voice to a child who cannot speak up for herself or himself and are frequently viewed as mentors or guides. CASA volunteers are instrumental in shortening the time that the child is in the dependency system (achieving either re-unification or adoption), while simultaneously assuring that the child’s needs are met. The CASA program is a proven, reliable and economic model of support that has meant the difference between success and failure in thousands of children. Many more children would thrive if they had the intensive intervention of a CASA volunteer. (www.casala.org)
2010 – National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s vision is a world free of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and their mission is to help people affected by MS live their best lives, support those working to determine what causes MS, stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. In 1953, Richard Cave founded the MS Society when his wife Mary had MS and he was frustrated at the lack of treatments and support available, so he decided to do something about it. He set up the first meeting of the Society at Chelsea Town Hall in West London. (www.nationalmssociety.org)
2009 – City of Hope
City of Hope (CH) was founded in 1913 and is now one of 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. CH is a leader in patient care, basic and clinical research, and the translation of science into tangible benefit to the patient. CH scientists work with doctors to treat both the physical and emotional needs of its patients by attending to the individual. City of Hope also leads in the research and treatment for diabetes and other life-threatening diseases and educating the people with focus on eliminating these diseases. CH is transforming the future of health, turning hope into reality. (www.cityofhope.org)