San Diego is home to the largest population of active and retired military personnel and their families in the country. Therefore, The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF) of San Diego and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS of SDC) have decided to team up to support military children and we want your support.
Through TOUCHDOWNS4KIDS.COM, every San Diegan has an opportunity to help local kids by pledging funds for every touchdown The Chargers make during the 2012-2013 regular season and playoffs. With a donation minimum of only $1, San Diegans participate alongside Charger Players and help impact the lives of San Diego youth. San Diego Chargers Nick Hardwick, Jeromey Clary, and retired Charger Kris Dielman have personally pledged donation amounts along with other individual players.
"MCLEF and BBBS of SDC believe that children are very important. We want to let military families know that our community is here to support them and we stand ready to assist them as they protect and serve our country. This partnership makes perfect sense and we believe by working together we can impact more lives in a positive way. This program will offer San Diegans a way to show their support in a fun and different way. I believe we will see broad support all across the county," Nicholas Hardwick, San Diego Chargers.
Please make a donation today to show your support for our San Diego children and assist our local military families. All funds raised through TOUCHDOWNS4KIDS.COM will go directly towards both organizations' initiatives:
MCLEF presents financial assistance to the children of fallen military or law enforcement personnel, ensuring that they have funds for their higher education. Each child in the surviving family receives $30,000 for college from MCLEF. In San Diego MCLEF has provided more than 5 million dollars to families of Marine, Army, Navy, California Highway Patrol, United States Border Patrol, and FBI.
BBBS of SDC provides one-to-one mentoring to children of military families with a deployable parent, through Big Brothers Big Sisters' Operation Bigs program. It is the first program of its kind in the nation, and has received public approval from First Lady Michelle Obama and California's former First Lady Maria Shriver. Volunteers spend time with a child, one hour a week, performing a variety of activities like playing sports, computer games, reading, crafts, etc., to give the needed individual attention that can enhance a child's academic and social development. Currently, Operation Bigs runs programs from five schools on/near Camp Pendleton, in addition to sites in Coronado, Point Loma, Serra Mesa and MCAS Miramar.