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Organization that Supports Families
updated: Dec 03, 2012, 4:00 PM

I would like to ask the community if they know of an organization that might help a very hard working family that would like to take their family to Disneyland. The husband and wife have 5 children, one of which would require an adult ticket. Three of the younger children are foster children. The husband and wife work very hard, but would never be able to afford such a trip. What a wonderful gift it would be for them to show the children all that Disneyland has to offer. Does anyone if Disney offers any programs that might help. Or, are there any organizations that would help with such a trip.

Any ideas, suggestions, or referrals would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: We are setting up a Indiegogo account, what a great tip! It will be under Project Disney. I want to post a Thank you, I am not a scam and am just trying to raise enough money for regular one day tickets for them, no hotel, food, etc. I do appreciate Edhat’s help in gathering all of the useful tips.

 COMMENT 349849 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 04:05 PM

Go to DisneyLand's website. They love publicity.


 COMMENT 349856 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 04:17 PM

3 foster kids? That's fantastic. maybe you can set up a IndieGoGo and ask EdHat readers for donations.

Google IndieGoGo and you'll find it.


 COMMENT 349861 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 04:26 PM

Try reaching out to Ellen Degenres on her website. Maybe KEYT or one of the local radio stations will contribute.


 COMMENT 349865 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 04:37 PM

Perhaps contacting KEYT or SB Independent, too?


 COMMENT 349879 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:03 PM

No, it's not a joke post. And if you can't see the value in trying to brighten the lives of children, especially three children who have so little (including being foster children)... I dunno. Seems pretty cold to me.


 COMMENT 349881 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:05 PM

879 +1


 COMMENT 349882P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:06 PM

78: Open your heart, take the question at face value.
To the poster, one idea would be to spearhead a mini-fundraiser yourself. It's amazing what a corner bake sale can net. If you could get neighbors, church members, business owners you patronize (hair salon? copy shop? You'd be surprised) to donate cookies or a baked item, you could raise a lot of money.
Or how about a rummage sale, where you get neighbors to donate a few things, and all proceeds go to the trip? We all have the power in us to make things happen, even if the bucket gets filled only one drop at a time.


 COMMENT 349887 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:17 PM

If you set up one of those online donation portals like the poster above mentioned or even better if edhat would take the donations and pass them on I would chip some money in toward that.


 COMMENT 349889 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:26 PM

There was a story on NBC news just now about a woman that started helping foster children and their families. One of the gifts mentioned is trips like this. The organization is One Simple Wish. I'm not sure if they are local, their site has crashed, but I hope you find a donation.


 COMMENT 349892 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:31 PM

How about a trip to the Natural History Museum and then a hike up Rattlesnake, or the SB Zoo- then McDonalds on the beach...People come from across the US to visit SB, enjoy it


 COMMENT 349894 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:34 PM

God bless them but why would a trip to Disneyland be so fulfilling? The cost for seven to go to Disneyland would be about $1000. If they work so hard that amount is obtainable by themselves. I'm sure that they also get some kind of assistance from the State / County as they have three adopted children. Ugh...This town has become the bleeding hearts club.


 COMMENT 349895 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:35 PM

There are some heavy hitters in this town where philanthropy is concerned. Millions of dollars are given to needy causes every year (and they don't toot their horn about it). Try contacting the Santa Barbara Foundation to see if they can connect you with a willing donor. Good luck.


 COMMENT 349897 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:39 PM

886, do you really think just by living in SB means everyone is wealthy? There are people going hungry in town. And maybe these folks aren't, but there may be a reason why they deserve to go to D-land that you just don't understand.

894, they get assistance for the foster kids, no doubt. That doesn't cover vacation expenses.

Have a heart people. I'm ashamed that some of you are so dismissive of this question without even knowing the circumstances.


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:50 PM

- Some of you people are so cold.I agree with 897. |And really................Nat. History Museum and a hike up Rattlesnake? Yes, we have lots of nice things in SB but some folks deserve a little MAGIC in their lives. Man does not live by bread alone!


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 05:52 PM

Ah Come On Help em Go to Disney Land for Crying out Friggen Loud!


 COMMENT 349906P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 06:02 PM

I am all for sponsoring kids or a family to go to a once in a lifetime, magical trip to Disneyland but my monies would go to the Teddy Bear Foundation in Santa Barbara who makes that type of trip possible for kids living with (and unfortunately dying from) cancer and their families.


 COMMENT 349910 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 06:11 PM

@897 I didn't say living here made you wealthy, but I will say that there is no way there is a reasonable "need" in this situation. Remember, we are talking about Disneyland.



 COMMENT 349917 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 06:34 PM

I want to go to disney land ...can you help me too. I am hard working and can't afford to take time off work. HELP ME!


 COMMENT 349920 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 06:44 PM

Wow again with the insults, It is there families wish not yours It is there dream sorry it does not jive to your great wisdom, My god man Were have everyone hearts gone, I for one would pitch in for there DREAM, Welcome to Snarka Barbara. Were insanity meets the sea,,


 COMMENT 349921 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:00 PM

I honor this writer for caring about this family and looking for ways to support their dream. I honor those who feel differently and give to help others in more practical ways. I don't see any need for either of these to disrespect the other. For each it is fullfilling to give in their own way. I wonder how fullfilling it is for those who have the ability to help others - to have neither concern and only care about and support themselves? - or for those who think their contribution to the world is to be snarky?


 COMMENT 349924P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:29 PM

My mom raised me with no child support. She worked until she was nearly dead on her feet sometimes. I don't remember her ever asking anyone's help in financing any trips out of town. We found plenty of fun things to do here.

I never went to Disneyland until I was in High School, and then I paid my own way by working a job at $1.35 per hour.

The "Bleeding Hearts" comment wasn't so far off the mark. Charity for a good cause is one thing. This request is more than a bit frivolous.


 COMMENT 349927 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:38 PM

Does nobody here have compassion for the three children that already lost their parents and are now crammed into a family that cant even afford a 1000 dollar day trip?

Someone should be forwarding this subscriber's info to child services.....and get these kids in a place where they can have a chance in life.


 COMMENT 349929 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:41 PM

920 its my wish also...Help Me


 COMMENT 349942 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 08:35 PM

A chance in life? my parents are dirt poor and a chance in life is what you do for yourself, its not given. I never went to disney land when i was young. I don't think this is a thing that should be asked for.


 COMMENT 349954P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 12:07 AM

But here's the great thing about fundraising for something like this -- if you don't like the idea, don't donate. If you do, you can! Problem solved.

Personally, I can't afford a $1000 day trip for my family. We've been saving for nearly a year now for our next vacation, which won't be for another year, because we still have more saving to do. But I could, and would, chip in a few bucks for this family. We have enough - more than we need but not so much that we aren't extremely thankful for all that we have. As such, we can easily imagine NOT having enough.


 COMMENT 349955P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 12:22 AM

Anyone can donate to whatever cause they choose. However, my own personal position is that there is something askew when assistance is requested to go to an entertainment venue. I take interest in need rather than want. Color me crude. That's just me.


 COMMENT 349978 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 06:47 AM

You people are so judgemental. When I was a kid I had to walk to school in the snow, uphill, BOTH ways. After school we had to work in the coal mine, with our hands. . . Our parents were geese and my brother was a tree.

I sure hope this family finds someone in the Christmas spirit to help.


 COMMENT 349984 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 07:03 AM

This thread has proved one thing..... DO NOT come to Edhatters looking for help around Christmas time. That's right .... I said Christmas! You will be judged, insulted, denigrated and thrown under the bus - American exceptionalism at its best.

To the OP.... kudos to you for sticking your hand and your neck out. I hope you do find someone willing to assist you in this time of "joy and generosity".


 COMMENT 349986 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 07:27 AM

I will donate. I just looked online and adult tickets cost $87 and children's cost $81. I'll buy one adult ticket online. Any one else willing to make this happen for this family? I'm going to call Edhat today and see how we can set this up. Tickets bought today expire December next year.
Merry Christmas.


 COMMENT 349987 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 07:29 AM

My guess is that a bargain day trip where they pack their own PB&J sandwiches isn't what the OP had in mind. Family of 7, 3 days/2 nights, park hopper tix, hotel, food, games, souvenirs...you could EASILY spend $1000 per person.


 COMMENT 349990 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 07:46 AM

I was going to ask for help for the shelter dogs this Christmas but after reading the comments here I guess I won't.

Each of us chooses to help in our own way, or not, and no one's choice of who or what to help should be criticized as it is a personal choice motivated by our past and future.

Personally I would rather give a quarter to a person that might use it for alcohol than pass up a chance to help a person that might really be hungry. The scammer will reap what they sow.


 COMMENT 349996 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 08:06 AM

Go get a 5 gallon bucket and a bell, and go stand in front of a convenience store. Ring this bell until your 5 gallon bucket is full of loot.

Other option, go stand at a freeway offramp with your children. Everyone make signs saying things like "war veteran trying to go to disneyland" , "hungry, only dole wips will suffice" ... after a day or two your wish shall be met.


 COMMENT 349998 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 08:12 AM

The problem is not an unwillingness to help families go to Disneyland or to have any other fun adventure. The problem is, what about all the other families and children that are likely to have nothing at Christmas time, not even a Christmas tree or any gifts to open. Who makes the decision about who should be helped and who is forgotten. That is the problem with a request like this one. Many of us would like to help every child have as happy Christmas as possible, but most of us cannot afford much more than helping our own families and friends.


 EARO65 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 08:40 AM

Look around you. There are few kids who would consider a day in Santa Barbara a thrill. This is not, for one day, a kid's town. Ours were very involved when growing up, but those few trips to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm were so special, they have never forgotten.
These people should be given credit for their efforts and care. So many foster parents would never consider the mental health of their wards.


 COMMENT 350008 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 08:44 AM

I have compassion for this family ... which is why I would never think of spending limited resources sending them to commercial shallow crowded Disneyland.


 COMMENT 350020P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 09:04 AM

350009 a "adult" ticket at Disneyland is for anyone over the age of 10, dont see a lot of 11 or 12 year olds working fast food.


 COMMENT 350031 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 09:18 AM

Lots of people for sending this 'deserving' family to Disneyland, and only one person willing to buy just one ticket. So it's a great idea, but someone else can pay for it, right? I know, let's ask Moonbeam if he has some money left in the pot. I'm sure a few college students won't mind paying some extra fees.

Sarcasm aside, all the folks touting this as a great idea need to get off your collective behinds if you want to see it realized. Thinking good thoughts is not the same as action. Your opinions mean nothing without it.


 COMMENT 350043 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 09:31 AM

I hope the OP follows through with a donation site. Id contribute to it. To the OP: don't be discouraged, it's a nice idea, just follow through and see what happens.


 COMMENT 350074 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 11:09 AM

Now that everyone has had their say, and can feel good about themselves, how about deleting all the negative comments and keeping the ones willing to help out? Or if that is against EDhat's policy of freedom of speech, is there a way to open another thread and only put helpful comments on? All the negative ones could go on the original thread.


 COMMENT 350175P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 02:08 PM

Delete the comments that you don't agree with. You really had to go there.

And you with the tree for a brother, I'd say he got the better end of the stick. I'm sorry your parents were birds (according to you), but that would explain a great deal.

When you enter a forum, you are entering the fray. No one is above the fray, mmmkay? Paid subscribers, non-paid subscribers, professionals, skilled laborers, there is no tiered classes, here.

How boring would an echo chamber be, anyways?


 COMMENT 350244 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 04:44 PM

175P, you just proved to me why Edhat should go back to named handles, with no numbers, even to those that pay.

I'm DAN39 and I have never said anything about deleting comments. Yes, I did post about my upbringing with my parents as geese and by bro as a tree. But I was being kind.

Actually, we were newts. On a good day we ate air, if we didn't get air we ate sand. Once we found a book, that was heaven, we ate words.

Should I go on? The comments on Edhat are open to all. Except when nincompoops spoil it for all by being mean. Even then it's still open for paid subscribers. This is not my site.


 COMMENT 350313P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 07:25 PM

How many people in Santa Barbara lack food and a warm place to stay? Shouldn't charity start there?

This family only suffers from a wealth/fun deficit. It's very, very common in our county.


 COMMENT 350330 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 07:58 PM

"This family only suffers from a wealth/fun deficit." My husband was a foster child for a good portion of the first five years of his life. I'll have to let him know he was only suffering from a very common wealth/fun deficit. Coincidentally, when he was finally adopted at the age of five (almost past the age that a lot of foster children are lucky enough to be adopted ever...) his newly adopted parents took him to Disney World in Florida for the first time ever. It blew his mind after years of abuse, neglect, abandonment and malnutrition. Tune in to the world of foster kids, please. Santa Barbara has more than you'd think... and definitely more than we should.


 COMMENT 350349 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 10:02 PM

Entitlements (or the lack thereof) at work. Okay, go ahead and delete my comment again....


 COMMENT 350361P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 01:02 AM

Here's a fun day in Santa Barbara for kids: Take them down to the Cabrillo bike path and rent a surrey. Ride for miles, all the way to the Bird Refuge and back. Have fish & chips at Brophy's. Ride the shuttle bus up to Yogurtland. Everyone gets to have yogurt and three toppings each. Ride shuttle back to your car.

Then go see the latest and best kids' movie. The kids will sleep like logs. Cost for the entire family: maybe $300, tops. Now, that's a memorable and fun day. No boredom of being on the Highway, either.


 COMMENT 350453 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 09:51 AM

Taking kids on trips builds life-long memories. Both a trip to D-land and the surrey/bike trail/movie trips would fill the bill.

BUT-It's up to the parents, who know the children best, to decide which is more appropriate given all the circumstances.

I'm going to the IndieGoGo !


 COMMENT 350470P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:16 AM

thanks Dan for mentioning the trip in your photo comments, I missed it here.


 COMMENT 350599 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 03:15 PM

How does indiegogo work? How do I fine the Santa Barbara family's trip? Is there a keyword?


 COMMENT 350600 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 03:22 PM

I found it, Project Disney


 COMMENT 350758 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 06:41 AM

A friend of the family set up the indiegogo account, with a nice description of the family. 71% of the money has been raised.
keyword is project disney.


 COMMENT 351749 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 01:54 PM

91% of the funds have been raised on Indigogo.com key word project disney! There are some nice folks out there!




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