“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” ‐ Mother Teresa.
This is the time of year to give Thanks for the blessings we have and a time for Giving to those less fortunate.
I am thankful for my family and my friends, our health, and the privilege of living in Laguna Beach, California. I have been particularly appreciative of this in the last 8 months, as I can’t imagine a better place and better people to be locked down, shut in and quarantined with.
I am thankful for my business, which reached the ten-year milestone this fall. I am thankful for my amazing team of women that have kept their heads up and hearts full these past 8 months. I am thankful for our referral partners and friends who trust us with their clients, friends and family members. I am thankful to all of my clients, who have let us share in and contribute to their precious moments and families for over a decade.
And with so many blessings to be thankful for, it is a time for Giving back. There are so many worthy causes, and the ones that speak to my heart involve children. As you know, I adopted my eldest son through foster care. So, organizations that assist children in foster care have personal meaning to my family.
One I have volunteered for in various ways over the years is CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. This organization recruits volunteers to be paired with the neediest of children in foster care to mentor them, to provide a consistent adult relationship, and to report on their lives directly to the court as a means of oversight. I have worked with these amazing volunteers by providing training on special education and school discipline law, and side by side in IEP meetings in efforts to seek appropriate placements, services and supports for these children. I have also served as a committee member and committee chair for Friends of CASA (FOCASA), a non-profit that raises money for this worthy cause. One of our biggest fundraisers is occurring now and I invite you to learn more and support CASA here.
Wave of Change …
For the last two months I shared with you my desire to cast a stone into the ocean that may create a ripple, and joined by other ripples, become a Wave of Change for my community. In September, my team each spent $100 at local retail businesses in honor of Small Business Week. In October, my team celebrated Womens’ Small Business Owner Month by enjoying some well-deserved self-care with massages, haircuts and pedicures at Laguna Beach service businesses owned by women. To continue the wave of change, this month in the spirit of giving, we are supporting our local non-profit organizations. Each team member picked a cause that spoke to them and we wrote $100 checks to the following 10 worthy Laguna Beach non-profits:
- Pacific Marine Mammal Center
- Assistance League Thrift Shop
- Seaside Legal Services
- No Square Theatre
- Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
- Rock to Recovery
- Waymakers – Sheltering Children
- Laguna Food Pantry
- Friendship Shelter
Please follow us on Facebook as we feature each of these non-profits over the next ten days. And we would love it if you would share your favorite cause with us.
As we face a frightening surge in Covid cases and more closures, there is no better time to be Thankful for our blessings and to Give back to support our communities. When we count our many blessings, we are thankful for you. To give back to you, our Moore Law family, we would like to offer you a complimentary estate plan consultation and special reduced pricing on estate plan creation and revisions. Please reply to this email or mention this ThanksGiving email when you call to schedule.
We wish you and your families a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving.
Meldie M. Moore & the Entire Team,
Moore Law For Children.