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July 27, 2012 / Passion 4 Kids

Mission accomplished!

Mission accomplished!  Baby Izaiah and his family saw their new home for the very first time.  Over 200 people including the entire San Diego media gathered to watch them drive up and welcome them.  For everyone who participated in this project, I know this day is something they will never forget.  Mere words of thanks cannot begin to express our gratitude to all the volunteers and businesses who gave above and beyond to make this extreme home makeover happen.

Now – please enjoy this very special moment as well – and we hope we can inspire you to think of ways you can reach out and help others.

We’d love to hear from you with the way you touched someone in need so we can share your story and also help others with some creative ideas.  Everything counts, no matter how small you might think the gesture is.  One thing we’ve learned from the families we help – and that is EVERYTHING, small or large, makes a wonderful difference to them when people reach out to them (a note, an email, a text, a phone call, a cake, an offer to cook or bring dinner over, etc. etc.) Email us at  with your story.  We know that you will be as touched by helping someone else as they are!

The Magical Transformation

The Speech

The Tour

Welcome Home

June 26, 2012 / Passion 4 Kids

Weekend push continued…

Two days until the big day!  Oly’s Pools came out and volunteered to completely resurface the pool which they did in just 2 days!   Cleaning Service of San Diego came out to give the house a good cleaning.

Lots of last minute touch up going on and the carpets are all installed by About Floors.  Furniture is delivered and decorating has begun.  Lots of ladies helped today to make the furnishings just perfect – Amber Norman (Dave from BCB’s wife, her two friends, Beth Thorp of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation and me (Mrs. Passion 4 K.I.D.S.) all led by our awesome interior designer, Brooke Bassuk, who had everything completely under control.

Everyone is getting so excited and is working so hard to make everything just perfect for Izaiah and his family.  What a labor of love!  How can we ever thank everyone who has participated.

Please make sure to visit and click on our sponsors to see the 64 companies who have made this extreme home makeover a reality.  Whenever possible, we would be so grateful if you would try to patronage these generous and wonderful companies who have gone above and beyond.  And remember to thank them for their spirit of giving back!

Stay tuned for the last installment before the big day!

June 25, 2012 / Passion 4 Kids

The Last Weekend Push

Well here it is – just 4 days away from the big reveal and things are happening fast.

The Brickman group came out with 30 employees to transform a huge pile of dirt around the house into a beautiful, peaceful, park-like setting with sod, plants, bushes, etc.

Ana continues to dazzle us with her talents on the pool exterior wall so Izaiah has his beloved fish and Nemo to focus on.

Home Depot brought 20 staff to completely overhaul the garage into shelving and storage to hold Izaiah’s many boxes of supplies.

BCB brought the majority of their staff out to spread out to every room in the house and complete projects.

And our faithful volunteers always show up ready to do anything that is needed.  The spirit of this entire effort is filled with such love and excitement.

As Bryce from About Floors said, “Why is it that it takes a tragedy like this to bring us all together to help one another?”

Let’s make it our personal mission to help someone in need EVERYDAY of our lives.  The blessing you receive from doing this cannot be described.  Try it for yourself and see how God rewards those who serve others.  There’s always time for a smile, caring word, gesture of kindness no matter how small you think it is.

One thing our families always tell us is that even when people don’t realize it, small things really make a difference in their lives as well as the big moments of help.

June 21, 2012 / Passion 4 Kids

Something Fishy Going on here….

June 19, 2012 / Passion 4 Kids

We are on the count down to our ribbon cutting! 8 more days to go!!!!!!

Here are Anna and Lauren, our incredibly talented artists, who are volunteering their time to paint an amazing underwater fish mural on the wall by the pool for baby Izaiah.  He loves fish and this will be a wonderful stimulation for him when he sits outside giving him something to focus on.  We are so grateful for them sharing their talent with us.  Izaiah’s going to LOVE it!  Can’t wait to see his little face.

June 13, 2012 / Passion 4 Kids

June 10th

Although there is a lot to be done, I don’t think any volunteers really think of this as “work”. Everyone comes with hearts of gold and attitudes to match.  Everything being done is out of love and with pride to make it “perfect”.  The fence is completely painted and looks awesome.  That’s a huge thing checked off our to do list.

What a great way to teach kids how to give back when an entire family comes out and volunteers for another child! Thanks Serrano family!

only do we accomplish a mountain of work, but we have a lot of fun doing it

June 13, 2012 / Passion 4 Kids

June 9th

Can’t believe it’s the weekend again which means lots of volunteers!  Today’s list is to whitewash the fence (makes me think of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn – lol)!  But it really WAS fun to paint the fence around the entire property – first prime and then paint.  Goal for today is also to dig a ditch to correct a draining issue.

Charles Van Kessler, Founder of Passion 4 K.I.D.S. priming fence

Beth and Matthew Thorp, founders of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, came out to join in the fun

Massive work to be done digging drains

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