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Courtesy Melissa Pearl
Courtesy Melissa Pearl
This month a Niguel Hills Middle School mother-daughter duo led a community effort to collect and donate 700 pieces of Rachel Ray dinnerware.

The dishes are being donated to military families and victims of domestic abuse.

Melissa Pearl and her daughter Natalie noticed Albertson's supermarket had a Rachel Ray dish promotion: for every $10 spent, shoppers received one yellow sticker. Twenty stickers were redeemable for a free dish.

In mid-October, the two began collecting stickers. Niguel Hills Middle School and George White Elementary School's Kids in Community Service pitched in, as did MOMS Club Laguna Niguel South. Parks Salon, 30301 Golden Lantern, provided a place to collect donations.

This month the drive ended and over 14,000 stickers were collected and sorted. That's enough for 700 donated dishes.

Human Options received 640 dishes to give to the next 40 women who complete the charity's domestic abuse program. Another 60 dishes will be given to military families through Military Outreach Ministry.

A similar effort led by Ilana Rosenberg at Laguna Beach’s El Morro Elementary School yielded 220 dishes donated to Friendship Shelter.
Elsa January 27, 2014 at 07:01 PM
Such an inspiration, but it's always from the Laguna Hills area! Why don't we do something like this in San Juan, ladies? We can do it, too!
Melissa Sherman Pearl January 28, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Hi Elsa. Thanks for the kind words. YOU can do it! Make it happen. Individually we are good but together we are amazing. There is power in numbers and working together. Philanthropy needn't be all consuming or Jerry-Lewis-give-til-it-hurts. It can be easy and fun. Every little bit helps. :)
Elsa January 28, 2014 at 04:23 PM
I hear you, Melissa! I'll start with the ladies in my book club! Thanks for all you do; such a great example for your daughter <3

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