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For The Community of Santa Cruz

A story written by Shelby Dunn. “A few months ago, Santa Cruz experienced uncharacteristic summer lightning storms which sparked wildfires throughout the county and displaced thousands of residents from their homes. Not only does Santa Cruz not experience summer lightning storms, but the area also does not usually experience wildfires to this degree and was…

Ella’s Dollhouse

“The start of COVID-19 quarantine was tough. Without much warning, the kids were sent home with their books, and we knew they weren’t going back.” In March 2020, everything changed for families, and some were left with little to no options. Ella’s Kindergarten school year was abruptly cut short. When Ella learned that not every…

Love Starts With A Full Belly

A story written by Ashley Brooke, a beauty and lifestyle blogger. “Over the holidays, my husband Ryan and I visited our local food bank (Second Harvest, which is under the national Feeding America umbrella) and were absolutely blown away by how they are supporting hundreds of thousands of families in central Florida. The need here…

Small Business Story: A Jar of Pickles

When Kirstie Wang was in college enrolled in public health classes, she caught herself teaching herself Photoshop and Illustrator rather than focusing in class. She began a simple Etsy shop during this time to satisfy her creative side, but she didn’t stop there. Kirstie has pursued a career as a designer, and also dedicated herself…

Wear Jeans for Rare Diseases

Since 2005, Coastal Kids Home Care has provided more than 64,000 visits to 8,700 medically fragile infants and children with rare illness and disability. They provide these services from Monterey, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Santa Clara Counties in California’s central coast. As the only nonprofit pediatric home health care agency in the community, they…

Girls Like Science, Too!

The Dottie Rose Foundation focuses on closing the gender gap for females in computer science and technology. They encourage, support, and educate girls who have an interest in technology and want to learn how it can be used to enhance their learning and future careers. With technology quickly advancing, many future career paths could benefit…

Finding Joy Everywhere

Rachel Joy Chavez is 21 years old and was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She had the opportunity to go on her first mission trip in the summer of 2019. During this summer, she served as a 6-week intern on the Northern coast of the Dominican Republic with Kids Alive International. Kids Alive International…

Change Lives, Save Sight

Saving Sight is a nonprofit eye bank that facilitates eye tissue donation and transplantation. Last year, 2,559 heroes gave the gift of sight through eye donation with Saving Sight. Saving Sight created their shirt campaigns with Bonfire to sell three shirt designs that highlight their mission. The proceeds from the sale of these shirts will…

Building Paramedic Systems in Tanzania

Last year, Nathan and his friend had the opportunity to spend five weeks in Arusha, Tanzania. Currently, when someone gets into a car accident in Arusha they rarely receive medical treatment as there are no ambulances. This has led to mortality rates that are more than double that of the United States. Nathan knew they…

Rescuing Pugs from Korea

Pug Rescue of Korea (PRK) exists for the sole purpose of finding permanent homes for rescued pugs in Korea. While every attempt is made to keep the pugs in their country of origin, their re-home rate in Korea is very low. In these instances, the pugs are then flown to Los Angeles, California to find forever homes. Many…

A Rose for Nicaragua

Rose Foos, of Denver, Colorado, created these shirts to raise money to build homes for the poor in Nicaragua. Her small, simple rose drawing with a ballpoint pen turned into such a fun shirt design! A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to On Eagles Wings Ministry in Leon, Nicaragua, a ministry dedicated…

Supporting Land Conservation in Central Michigan

The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy exists to protect and restore Central Michigan’s land, water, and wildlife resources to improve the quality of life for all. The land conservancy owns and manages public nature preserves and offer access to outdoor recreation to our region. They believe that having outdoor spaces for the people of Central Michigan is…