Every couple of months we are blessed with the opportunity to represent the Ark Collective community at one of our givebacks. On Thursday December 15th we hosted our 3rd giveback at Cardenas Elementary in Van Nuys. Givebacks are days the Ark Collective crew treasures dearly as they are the culmination of the support we strive to share with students throughout Southern California.
Our day started off bright and early Thursday morning- as we had to make a few hour trip up to Van Nuys from Santa Ana.
Upon arrival to Cardenas Elementary we were greeted by the awesome Operation School Bell team (our amazing giving partner) and briefed on the days layout. We were excited to hear that a team from the LAUSD would be joining us and bringing their art setup for the students to get crafty with during the giveback!
As soon as we wrapped up the meeting, students started checking in to receive their new Vinchee packs!
Throughout the day we laughed, high fived, and chatted with tomorrows’ doctors, firefighters, and teachers. There’s absolutely no way to put into words how appreciative the kids were —being given something fresh and new to call their own. So we extend a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who joined the PACK since last June, your participation in the Get to Give mission made huge strides Yesterday!!
The smiles were endless, and the ecstatic energy given off by the children was amazing!. After lending our helping hands for the day all 200 of the kids headed back home to their families with fresh packs on their backs and stories to share with friends.
Thanks a ton to our wonderful giving partner Operation School Bell, and to everyone who helped out during the Give Back yesterday!