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In Sharing Ourselves, We Find Ourselves

SOS LogoAs with all their charitable endeavors, Cardinal team members throw their hearts and hands into its annual Share Ourselves (SOS) Adopt A Family program. Cardinal has been supporting this worthy organization for many years. This year, we’re inviting all who read this to join us. Whether you’re a business partner, a Board member, a member of a community association, or simply a fan of reading about Cardinal, you are invited to join us in helping to ensure that hard-working but struggling families in Orange County receive gifts, clothes, and food for the holidays.

Cardinal’s family this year is a humble family that has for only necessities. That tells us how much they need us. Both the father and mother are employed and earn minimum wage but the salaries do not keep pace with today’s rising costs. Both salaries go toward rent, utilities, and very basic food needs. There is no money left for clothes or shoes, and certainly not for the extravagance of even a single toy for any of their four children. They have three girls whose ages are 3, 4, and 5, and one boy who is 14. If you have what you need with a little to spare, Cardinal’s family needs your help.

  • Father Pedro needs large shirts, size 34 pants, and no-slip shoes (required for work).
  • Mother Juana needs large shirts, a warm sweater, size 12 pants, and no-slip shoes (required for work).
  • 3-year old Nicole needs shirts (size 4T), pants (size 3T), and shoes. She likes Monsters, Inc. and Spiderman.
  • 4-year old Kaytlin needs shirts (size 4T), pants (size 4T), and shoes. She likes Disney Princesses and Little Mermaid.
  • 5-year old Briana needs medium shirts, size 5 pants, and shoes. She likes Mickey Mouse and Cinderella.
  • 14-year old Mario need large shirts, size 30 pants, and shoes. He likes basketball.

Gift cards to Shoe City and Walmart will allow the family to select their correct sizes. Gift cards to local grocery stores will enable them to divert some of their food budget to a utility or other bill. Donations of very gently used sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, blankets, and other bedding will be gratefully accepted as well.

While we know how important it is to have warm clothing and proper shoes, we also know the boundless joy that a new toy can bring to a child, especially at Christmas. If you are able to donate, this family and Cardinal Property Management will be forever grateful for your generosity.

Donations are due to Cardinal at 1290 North Hancock Street, Suite 103, Anaheim, 92807 by Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Since its inception, Share Our Selves has helped families in need of extra support during the holidays. This holiday season marks the 44th year of the SOS Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays.

According to the SOS organization, many of these families work multiple jobs to provide for their children, but unforeseen circumstances—reduced hours, sudden illness, a death in the family—make it nearly impossible to celebrate the holidays. Oftentimes, the Christmas wishes are as simple as clothing, diapers, blankets, and extra food. It’s not uncommon for an older child to ask nothing for himself, in exchange for toys for a younger sibling. A little help goes a long way in bringing smiles and joy to those who would otherwise go without this season.

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September/October 2013 Champion for a Cause

Vanessa

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July/August 2013 Champion for a Cause

Sasha

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May/June 2013 Champion for a Cause

JoAnnJoAnn Von Dollen, Director of Operations was chosen as Cardinal’s Champion for a Cause (CCC) during a recent staff meeting. CCC is a program internal to Cardinal that allows employees and the company to team together to donate to employees’ favorite charitable organizations throughout the year. Employees who participate in Casual Friday dress day each week donate a small sum of money to do so. Cardinal matches the collected funds, and a participating employee’s name is randomly chosen during a staff meeting. The chosen employee gets to name the charity to receive the funds collected for two months.

JoAnn’s charity of choice for Cardinal’s May/June 2013 donation was to Susan G. Komen for the cure for breast cancer research. The signing of the National Cancer Act of 1971 by then U.S. President Richard Nixon is generally viewed as the beginning of the war on cancer. It was this legislation along with donations from companies and individuals that funded the necessary research that helped my mother and my cousin fight their own wars on breast cancer. While it gave my mom only one additional year, it was still a year we had as a family. I will always cherish her memory and positive influence on our lives. The strides breast cancer research made from when my mom died in 2005 to when my cousin was diagnosed in 2011 are phenomenal.  My cousin has been cancer free for more than a year, and her prognosis is wonderful.  Her three young children and our entire family owe her current health and future prospects to past, present, and future research efforts that get funded through donations.

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March/April 2013 Cardinal Champion for a Cause

Irene Neelis

Irene Neelis, Reception and Escrow was chosen as Cardinal’s Champion for a Cause (CCC) during recent staff meetings. CCC is a program internal to Cardinal that allows employees and the company to team together to donate to employees’ favorite charitable organizations throughout the year. Employees who participate in Casual Friday dress day each week donate a small sum of money to do so. Cardinal matches the collected funds, and a participating employee’s name is randomly chosen during a staff meeting. The chosen employee gets to name the charity to receive the funds collected for two months.

Irene was chosen to designate the recipient of the March/April fund. She chose St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. “I just lost my beloved husband but to lose a child must be even more unbearable.  Anyone who has a child who has been sick knows how hard it is, but to have a child who has a deadly disease can be devastating,” said Irene. “At St. Jude’s,  no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or the family’s ability to pay. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your child look into your eyes and ask, ‘What is wrong with me?’ or ‘Why me?’ and you don’t have an answer. Maybe one day we will have an answer through research and donations.  Please consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital when you are considering a donation.”

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January/February 2013 Cardinal Champion for a Cause

AnnaAnna Hibbs, General Ledger Clerk, was chosen as Cardinal’s Champion for a Cause (CCC) at the most recent staff meeting. CCC is a program internal to Cardinal that allows employees and the company to team together to donate to employees’ favorite charitable organizations throughout the year. Employees who participate in a Casual Friday dress day each week donate a small sum of money to do so. Cardinal matches the collected funds, and a participating employee’s name is randomly chosen during a staff meeting. The chosen employee gets to name the charity to receive the funds collected for two months. Anna chose the American Diabetes Association to receive the Casual Friday and Cardinal matching funds. “Someone close to me has diabetes and I see that this vicious disease is not just a daily fight but sometimes an hourly fight,” said Anna. “I’m proud to do anything I can to help wipe it out, and I’m grateful to Cardinal for doubling my contributions.” Visit the American Diabetes Association’s website to learn how you can help.

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