December 18, 2015

eGumball, Inc. Works With Share Our Selves for Adopt A Family 2015

A group of our employees volunteered at the Share Our Selves Adopt A Family event this past Wednesday, December 16th, in Costa Mesa, CA.  

Our team wrapped gifts, sorted food, and helped organize all the donations for Orange County families in need, offering recipients in need some extra cheer during the holidays.

The event’s activities were housed in two large warehouses, where the eGumball team had the task of setting up packages for specific families of Orange County, specifically Costa Mesa.  

Before the hard work began, however, the team was given a run-down of what exactly the Share Our Selves organization stands for.

“They didn’t just put us to work,” explains one employee.  “They [the coordinators] explained how the organization was started, what they do, and how they get donations for kids and their families.”  

Households may receive food, gifts, or both—some families can even get a Christmas tree if they need one.  The presents for Adopt A Family are gathered according to children’s own wish lists and their age, so they can actually get exactly what they want for the holidays.  

One child’s package included some pretty awesome Star Wars swag, clothes, and a bike!      
The coordinators of the event, Julie Neja and Randy Ramos, relayed one particular story that stuck with the members of the eGumball team.

One school in Costa Mesa had been a recipient of Share Our Selves’ Adopt A Family donations for a few years, but this year, the school actually was well off enough to donate to Adopt A Family’s efforts.  

They were able to give back to an organization that helped them!  How cool is that?

“It felt good to do our part,” says one employee of the experience.  “We can forget that a lot of poverty is going on around us, so close to home.  It makes you really grateful for what you have, and it’s nice to realize that there are still organizations [like Share Our Selves] that provide so much to people in need.”

Share Our Selves is a nonprofit organization that has been providing safety net services to homeless and low-income communities of Orange County since 1970.  Their Adopt A Family Program has been going strong for 46 years, offering gifts and food for families in need during the holidays. 

eGumball has worked with Share Our Selves for two years and hopes to continue helping OC families in need for many years to come with this amazing nonprofit.

To learn more about Share Our Selves, jump onto their website at  There, you can find a complete list of their services, volunteer opportunities, and details on donating to your local community.

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