The season of giving is upon us, and SOSMentor is getting into the holiday spirit! On November 23, Vons, SOSMentor, and LA’s BEST held the “Gobble Give-Back” at Gledhill Elementary School in North Hills. Vons distributed free turkeys to more than 60 students and their families, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. The students participate in SOSMentor’s ShapeUp program, funded by Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with Youth Policy Institute at Monroe High School and LA’s BEST at Gledhill Elementary.
SOSMentor Co-Founders Bob and Carole Donahue were on hand to talk about the ShapeUp mentoring program at Monroe High School and Gledhill Elementary School, and students in the program addressed the audience to discuss how ShapeUp has impacted them. High school student Robert Cruz, who weighed 225 pounds before participating in the program, explained that ShapeUp inspired him to lose 70 pounds!
During this time of economic hardship for so many families in Los Angeles and across the country, SOSMentor is thrilled that we were able to team up with Vons to make it a little easier for our students’ families this Thanksgiving. We thank Vons for their generosity and wish all of our students, friends, and supporters continued abundance and joy this holiday season!