TKO will be hosting a donation drive for next years Carnival of Love event! Get a head start on your spring cleaning and bring us your new and gently used goods. Below you will find a list of suggested donations. We currently have drop off locations in Calabasas, Oxnard and West LA. To schedule a pick up or drop off email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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6:00 pm: Save a Child's Heart Summer Party
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11:30 am: Surf N Suds Fundraiser Benefitting the Young & Brave Foundation
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7:00 pm: Greek Night for Share a Meal
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6:00 am: CHOC walk in the Park
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Mission: To empower every volunteer by turning on their heart light. To harness the energy created through acts of kindness by individuals and small committed groups of people. To significantly impact the world by building a powerful network of kindness ambassadors.
TKO stands for Turn Kindness On. Turn Kindness On motivates children and adults to recognize and ignite the light within them to change the world through Kindness. TKO believes that each volunteer plays a large role in our movement to make the world a kinder place. Through simple acts within a group of like-minded souls we warm the hearts of those in need while in turn, we ignite a light of passion within ourselves. Our goal is to encourage friends and families to build a lifelong relationship with community service as we realize that the volunteer is pivotal and the heart of our TKO mission.
TKO started feeding homeless in Santa Monica over 15 years ago. Friends would gather to make sandwiches. A sweet hand written note was put into each bag along with chips, an ice-cold drink, a few pieces of candy and a banana or orange. (We learned quickly from the homeless that many of them did not have teeth to bite into an apple.) There was no limit to the ages of our volunteers so infants in strollers and elderly in wheelchairs gathered together to share in the experience.
There was a special part of our TKO homeless feedings that seemed to be our signature touch of love. TKO asked that every volunteer consciously look into the eyes of each homeless person as they offered them a fresh baked cookie. The reception was overwhelming as you can imagine. The many ignored and forgotten homeless souls that roam the streets and sleep in the parks and benches beamed with delight as they bit into a fresh warm chocolate chip cookie. This act of kindness along with the dignity of looking someone in the eyes have drawn the most memorable moments for us as volunteers. A young woman graciously said “thank you so much for the cookie but mostly I want to thank you for looking at me”. She continued to say, “People always look away from me when I look at them. Thank you for making me feel human again.”
The Second Annual Skid Row Carnival of Love was a beautiful reminder of why I chose to pursue a career in non-profit. Being in the presence of passionate individuals who strive to make this world a better place, makes me feel absolute bliss. I’m completely in my element.
The energy was so contagious, you could feel the love and grateful hearts everywhere you went. The volunteers left the event feeling inspired and ready for another opportunity to help Turn Kindness On.
I feel honored to have been able to participate in such a remarkable event, one that truly impacted these souls in such a beautiful way. A special thanks to Joe Moller for including TKO and giving us the opportunity to give back! I have no doubt that this event will continue to grow and inspire others to take the time to share the gift of Kindness with those that need it most.
The Hawaiian Islands are known for their exotic flowers, beautiful warm beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Being born and raised on Maui, I feel a special Aloha for the islands. As I travel from island to island I see the changes that affect the islands. It is visible to everyone that there is homeless sleeping in tents along the beaches, cardboard boxes along the streets and homeless hiding in the bushes along the fields. The homeless issue has progressed rapidly as the climate is very mild. People often travel to Hawaii to find work and when their savings have depleted, they cannot afford a ticket back to where they are from. We want to offer you some options if you are visiting the islands and want to help. We have gathered volunteers to provide meals for the homeless but there is a group called the Institute for Human Services and a program called the Hanai Program that we are particularly fond of. https://ihshawaii.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/hanai-program They work hands on with the homeless issue to rehabilitate, house, care for and educate those in need.
You can volunteer time or donate items such as diapers, pillows, toiletries and backpacks. There offer many options to help so please reach out and share a little Aloha back to the islands because one street over from your hotel or condo there is a family in desperate need of a little Kindness.
TKO runs on the hearts of our volunteers. We pride ourselves on getting families and individuals engaged through community service locally and internationally. Our sponsored events throughout the year bring families together in a spirit of love and giving. Please visit our volunteering page to learn more about you can get involved!