Project Giving Light Gifts These Kids a Birthday Surprise
Written By: Angela Hatcher Project Giving Light
Photographed By: Bradley Blackburn
Cake Provided By: Sweet and Saucy
Previously known as Feed the Five K, Project Giving Light is a charitable organization that supplies meals for thousands of homeless families, funds a free farmers market, offers job placement services, and it supports numerous local projects and causes for those in need. As the organization continued to grow, there was change, and its new name became synonymous with its new motto: “…giving light to homeless children’s dark world.”
Harry Bagramian, Humanitarian and Founder, is passionate about giving back to families and above all, celebrating its children. “There is such a deep need in our community and around the country to care for children in need, ” says Bagramian. “When my wife and I came in contact with Skyview Elementary School in Orange, we realized that there was an opportunity right here in our own backyard.”
What makes Project Giving Light different than other non-profit organizations is that they strive to make each child feel special on his or her birthday. A typical birthday party begins with colorful streamers and decorations placed all around the school, festive balloons, party favors, music, a magnificent birthday cake—often times donated by Sweet & Saucy Shop in Newport Beach or Nothing Bundt Cakes—and a special “wish list” gift as well. Each youngster is celebrated in a way that is taken for granted by many; however, Project Giving Light has found a way to make these momentous occasions as meaningful for the volunteers as it is for the children.
Raising more than $40, 000 in donations over the past three years, PGL was able to provide sleeping bags, food, and clothing to Orange County’s homeless population. According to Bagramian, there are a staggering 26, 000 homeless children in Orange County alone. Project Giving Light is currently working on expanding its volunteer base and it is currently seeking caring people who love children, with a volunteer mentorship programs in the works. Project Giving Light is bringing awareness to the community and impacting children’s lives one child at a time.
Icing on the Cake: PGL provides school supplies to homeless children, too, such as pencils and pens, paper, notebooks, and other classroom necessities because of the kindness and generosity of its supporters. Bagramian says, “Every dollar that comes in, goes directly to helping these children. There is no staff, and no paid salaries. We want our organization to be as transparent as possible.”
What’s in a Name? Each letter in “Light” of Project Giving Light has meaning:
L – Love
I – Integrity
G – Grace
H – Hope
T – Truth
Project Giving Light
220 Newport Center Dr #11
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Sweet & Saucy
Crystal Cove Shopping Center
7922 East Coast Hwy
Newport Coast, CA 92657
A BIG Birthday Surprise!