Sparkle Foundation: Los Angeles
BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Sparkle Foundation is back where it all began in 2003. Sparkle’s founder Samantha, growing up in Thousand Oaks, began her outreach in the Ventura and Los Angeles county areas. Prior to the formation of Sparkle, Samantha along with her team of friends and family helped over 100 families until 2016 when Sparkle was born as fully functioning 501(c)(3) and her efforts moved to the Bay Area.
Fast forward to 2018. With our boots on the ground and great interest to return, we soft launched our LA chapter over the last two years with the help of our Team Lead Robert Santanastasio (who has been involved with the efforts back in the beginning 2000’s with Samantha). The last two years we have helped 10+ families over the holiday season and, as of this last fall, began our Back to School Backpack Drive. With the help of the Ventura County Sheriff’s office, we handed out 45 backpacks. The impact mirrors our model, successful here in the Bay Area.
Next up for our LA area efforts is a full-scale launch of the Holiday Gift Drive program. Nominations are NOW open running through 10/1/19. If there is anyone in the Los Angeles/Ventura County area that needs help this year for the holidays please visit the 2019 Holiday Gift Drive page