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Sowing Seeds for Life Founder Vicki Brown with the jolly red and white Santa Claus man, aka James Scott.
When I first met James Scott he approached and announced, “I’m Santa Claus.” I knew exactly what he meant. For the past three years or so, Scott and I have been heavily involved with Sowing Seeds for Life, the charitable organization founded by Glendora resident Vicki Brown in 2007. Sowing Seeds, a regional food bank that provides [...]
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Of the many Thanksgiving food giveaways held throughout the East San Gabriel Valley over the holiday, one of the most popular was a joint effort by Sowing Seeds for Life, a nonprofit charity, and the Christ Church of the Valley of San Dimas. Held in the DPI Labs parking lot at 1350 Arrow Highway in La [...]
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 Looking for a nice, feel-good post-Easter story.  We have one here.  Last week several hundred people jammed the DPI Labs parking lot at 1350 Arrow Highway, with young children getting Easter baskets, a photo with the Easter Bunny and, if they so desired, getting their face painted. Meanwhile, their parents were handed food and produce.    It [...]
Care for the environment has always been a core value at the La Verne Church of the Brethren. Several years ago, some of its members met to discuss the possibilities of converting the church building from electricity supplied by Edison to solar power. At that time, the costs of conversion seemed unattainable to many, but [...]
      It is always good to hear about young people doing charitable work, and here is good example of that.    A group of La Verne University students that are members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) have hooked up with Sowing Seeds for Life (SSFL), a food bank that feeds some 6,000 needy people per [...]
Manny Hernandez III, a Roynon Elementary student who always lit up the room and brightened the lives of everyone who knew him, passed away last Friday, Dec. 2. For much of his life, he bravely battled to overcome childhood infections due a condition called hypothyroidism. He was 11 years old. Manny is survived by his family, [...]