Q. What is the name of your charity?
A. Topanga Women’s Circle (TWC)
Q. What inspired the charity’s creation?
A. The charity’s creation was inspired by a young, previously homeless family (mother and son) who were moving into a small apartment at Upward Bound in Santa Monica. Arlette Parker, whose husband Andrew was a director at Upward Bound was there one day to pick Andrew up and saw this family moving in with nothing but two big plastic trash bags in which they had all their belongings. Arlette wanted to do more and make these institutional living spaces feel more like home for the families.
Q. How long has the charity existed?
A. For approximately nine years
Q. Who does the charity help benefit?
A. Topanga Women’s Circle benefits veterans and families that through many various circumstances have found themselves in difficult living conditions. Sometimes they have to live with relatives, sometimes in a shelter. We help create a home for them, something warm and welcoming.
Q. How does the charity need help from the community?
A. Besides monetary contributions, TWC’s storage bin in Pine Tree Circle is open every Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30. We accept donations of new and like new items for the kitchen, bedroom, etc. Kids love stuffed animals, especially the bigger ones. so if you have one you would like to share and it is not stained or dirty, consider sharing it with a needy child. Also books for kids in good condition and non-perishable foods. Things that you like best!
Q. Is there anything the charity is in need of now?
A. Peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, pasta and spaghetti sauce…things like that are always needed.
Q. What do you think of Lucy’s X for X First Charity Concert?
A. I think it’s a terrific idea. Kids can do more than they think they can!!!
Q. How can kids help?
A. By doing the things I mentioned above.
For more information: www.TopangaWomensCircle.org