(From L to R) Cox Communications volunteers Melody Murray and Kathleen Sirbu, dressed in elf costumes, pose for a photo with Boys & Girls Club members Faith Coley and Jolene Merida. Courtesy photo
(From L to R) Cox Communications volunteers Melody Murray and Kathleen Sirbu, dressed in elf costumes, pose for a photo with Boys & Girls Club members Faith Coley and Jolene Merida. Courtesy photo

By The Capistrano Dispatch

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley partnered with some local companies and supporters in December to reward children for their hard work in their classrooms.

Through the Operation Holiday Homework program, the club transformed three locations in south Orange County into their own version of Santa’s workshop for club members. The incentive-based program offered kids the chance to earn points by participating in comprehensive homework and educational tutoring sessions. The points were then redeemed to “purchase” holiday gifts for family members.

“It amazes me when you see children shopping for their parents and siblings as opposed to themselves,” said the club’s Executive Director James Littlejohn in a release. “Through Operation Holiday Homework, they’re able to get this opportunity when otherwise they couldn’t afford it.”

In San Juan Capistrano, more than 200 members filled the club’s Via Positiva location to participate in the event, which was funded by San Diego Gas & Electric, Fluidmaster and Acts of Kindness. The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation also donated more than 30 bicycles to the cause.

In Aliso Viejo, Fluor Enterprises, an engineering construction company, donated funds, as well as a small army of volunteers, to host more than 125 children. In Rancho Santa Margarita, the club’s newest site participated in the holiday program for the first time, thanks to Cox Communications, which provided volunteers and donated gifts gathered from their regional stores.

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