City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

Thanks Helpful Honda People!

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The Helpful Honda Guys in Blue were out in full-force this past weekend.

Helping to kick off the Halloween festivities, nearly 100 families were surprised with free pumpkins at the local Cottone and Sons Pumpkin Patch just outside of Del Amo Fashion Center. The helpful team even offered to carry these heavy pumpkins out to customers’ cars. In addition to the free pumpkins, kids also received complimentary glow-in-the-dark trick or treat pails.

Beyond buying out 24 pumpkin patches across Southern California, the Guys in Blue were also bringing Halloween to children in local hospitals by surprising them with pumpkins for decorating, complimentary costumes, and Halloween decorations. The free events will continue through this weekend with event details available on www.Facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers.

Be sure to ‘Like’ them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @Helpful Honda to find out where Random Acts of Helpfulness will take place next.

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City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

Here’s a great option for some Halloween fun for the whole family on Friday!

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On Friday, gather up the kids and head over to the Wilson Park for the City’s annual Halloween carnival.

There will be games, music, a costume parade, and many more activities offered between 4 and 8 p.m. as an alternative for those not trick or treating. Then at 6:45 p.m., there will be a special showing of the animated film “Hotel Transylvania.”

Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard between Carson Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

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Thanks UFC Gym for engaging the community and supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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The UFC Gym in Torrance rallied members from around the South Bay to wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The local gym encouraged its 10,000 members to each raise a dollar to be donated to the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Treatment. The challenge was a “cardio-a-thon” where members who joined one of the gym’s special classes or pledged to work out on their favorite piece of cardio equipment for a full hour.

Later in the day, the gym held a viewing of UFC’s pay-per-view fight and made it free to the public. They also auctioned off Ultimate Fighter Championship clothing and gloves signed by current UFC Fighter and South Bay local, Lyoto Machida, among other items.

Altogether, an estimated $2,000 was raised. According to the American Cancer society, 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year. It is the leading form of cancer in women and the second…

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City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

If you are looking for a great volunteer opportunity this fall please check out our friends Food Forward. At every market, the nonprofit needs three volunteers and a team leader, who coordinates farmers’ donations. It is a daily time commitment of about 2.5 hours. Volunteers are asked to donate their time monthly, so ideally about 16 volunteers are needed to staff each market. For more information you can email volunteer@foodforward.org.

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A group of volunteers have teamed up with the Torrance Farmers Market to pay-it-forward with fresh produced to the needy.

Non Profit group Harbor Interfaith Services has been picking up enough unsold fresh fruit and produce from the Torrance Farmers Market to feed 40 to 50 people cannot afford to feed themselves. Making those donations possible are volunteer “gleaners” from fellow nonprofit group Food Forward, who pick up boxes of unsold produce from farmers at the end of the market at Wilson Park. The produce is then given to Harbor Interfaith, which, in turn, provides it to families in need.

Food Forward is now preparing to expand the program to the Saturday Farmers Market in Torrance beginning Oct. 18 and in Calabasas starting Nov. 8.

The group already recovers food from seven Los Angeles County farmers markets on Saturdays and four on weekdays.

Food Forward is looking for more volunteers to…

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City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

Come out this Saturday, September 20th for Coastal Cleanup Day at Torrance beach!

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Volunteers are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and help clean up the local beaches in the upcoming Coastal Cleanup Day.

Considered one of the world’s largest single days of volunteering, Coastal Cleanup Day is expected to see about 15,000 people across Los Angeles County join other environmental groups and various organizations to fill bags with trash. Volunteers from all ages will scour Torrance Beach this Saturday. It is one of 50 clean-up sites Heal the Bay will oversee.

Since Heal the Bay began participating 25 years ago, representatives said more than 200,000 volunteers have shown up across Los Angeles County, collecting enough trash to fill two commercial airliners. Some of the most common items collected are cigarette butts, food wrappers and plastic bottles and caps.

You can join the event happening at Torrance beach on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, call (310)…

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City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

We offer a huge round of applause to our friends at the Volunteer Center for their great work organizing “Operation Teddy Bear!”

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A local organization helped pack and deliver 5,600 back packs across South Bay’s first graders who are in need of a little helping hand.

“Operation Teddy Bear” is a literacy program that helps 5,600 disadvantaged first-graders by providing them with backpacks full of supplies they might not get otherwise.

The program is funded entirely by donations from corporations, foundations and individuals. Each backpack includes items such as reading books, flash cards, pencils, coloring books and crayons, a toothbrush and, of course, a teddy bear.

Additional supplies are given to teachers to use in the classrooms.

Organized locally with the Volunteer Center, many Torrance and South Bay businesses and clubs donated their time to help pack the backpacks.

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Here’s a great opportunity to give back by donating food and pet care items for abandoned animals housed at spcaLA.

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or SPCA and their Los Angeles chapter have partnered with PetSmart to collect food and pet care items for abandoned and abused animals housed at spcaLA.

This past weekend, the PetsSmart at 3855 Sepulveda Blvd. in Torrance was one of nine locations to participate in the PetSmart Give Back Initiative. Some shoppers and residents dropped off items. Others purchased items on-site to donate.

Donated items included and canned foods, treats and durable dog toys.

If you missed this collection and would like to donate you can find a list of items needed. Go to www.spcaLA.com.

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