Second Century of Generosity to Children at Christmas

Published : Friday, November 30, 2018 | 5:48 PM

L-R: Club President Janet Beggs, Philanthropy Chair Lou Ann Heintz, Celeste de Coudres, Mary Moffitt

Established in 1888 and in its second century, The Shakespeare Club is still known for its generosity to children at Christmas. Club Members donated over three times last year’s amount, filled nearly a dozen shopping carts, took over an hour at the check stand, and ended up with a sales receipt over ten feet long. The gift list prepared by the Friends of Foster Children (FOFC) organization included toys, bicycles, skateboards, games, doll clothes, team sports clothes, and a large amount of electronics to fulfill the children’s Christmas wishes. A great many needed items for the residential care centers were also purchased.

Members of the club are also staffing the Sugar Plum Tree at the Santa Anita Westfield Mall where local foster children living in residential treatment centers have their Christmas wishes hung on the Sugar Plum Trees. The Shakespeare Club and FOFC, non-profit organizations composed entirely of volunteers who share a deep concern for children, insure that every child receives a gift. These are children who must live apart from their families due to neglect, abandonment, illness or family dysfunction. The Shakespeare Club also aids FOFC as it assists newly emancipated foster teens as they learn to set up their own homes, continue their education, and struggle to be self-supporting.

The Shakespeare Club is a vibrant women’s club with an active calendar of daytime and evening activities, actively participates in the community, and believes in the multi-generational wisdom of women. For more information about the Shakespeare Club’s philanthropic endeavors, events, membership and legacy, please visit their website







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