First dates are usually awkward and just plain weird. But the first date I had with my now husband, Andrew, was quite the exception.
Not only was it 12 hours long. It was one of the only times I have been completely honest and vulnerable with someone I just met.
I told him things that some of my best girlfriends didn’t even know. I walked him through a detailed account of my childhood, living in a trailer park, hotel and car. I talked about the problems I had with my real dad, pageants, exes, twin brother, life goals, family and dreams. And to my surprise he didn’t run! But instead told me about his most intimate life memories too. : )
We were both a mess and decided to be messes together.
I also, distinctively remember telling him how I’d love to own a non profit one day that would help low income families. And him saying how strange that was because he purchased a domain name, a couple months prior to our date, called giveloveback.com and he had no idea why…
After nearly two years of dating, in 2010, we launched Give Love Back and were on a mission to help families in low-income communities enjoy the Christmas holiday by providing them with a hot tasty meal and presents.
Working with the Cops 4 Kids of Anaheim aided our efforts and outreach. Allowing us to help a variety of low income communities in Anaheim. Together we wrapped thousands of presents that only the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium could have room for. It also gave us the ability to work with the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim and participate in their Easter festivities. With Andrew being the famous Easter Bunny!
Also in 2011 we held our first ever red carpet, silent auction event, that was a HUGE success. Every table was sold and every item bought. The Chief of the Anaheim Police Department, prominent business owners, Dolores Huerta (civil rights activist who, along with César Chávez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers), former Miss USA’s and Miss California USA’s, were in attendance. The auction included items from Disneyland Resort, Jiffy Lube, Monster Energy Drink, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boxer Manny Pacquiao, The Giving Keys & Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos, just to name a few!
We were able to do this all with the help of the restaurant Andrew and his brother Brian owned. However, in 2011 the restaurant was overtaken by big business. 2 days before closing their restaurant doors, over 300 families were hand delivered meals prepared from their kitchen and hundreds of volunteers came to help us. Making it the largest number of families we fed to date.
The restaurant was forced to close its doors on Christmas Eve 2011…
And in 2012 we went silent. Our resources, hope and faith were stripped…
Now, in 2013 with our new restaurant, great hope and deep faith, our mission in working with children in low income communities, throughout Orange County has resumed! Beginning with the adoption of a classroom in Anaheim.
We believe that every child deserves to learn in a comfortable environment with the right learning materials. Our children are our future. So we will give them love. And give them hope in a future worth looking forward to.
We hope you take this journey with us. Like us —> Give Love Back
Love us. And help us! : )