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Fighting Hunger

More than 925 million people in the world are going hungry. This situation is even more prevalent in areas where there are natural disasters. Because of the hurricane in Haiti, the infrastructure has made it difficult to distribute food to those who need it.

Thanks to the generosity of participants, the TVT Community Day School Turkey Trot raised $13,000. Now the TVT Cares program, in partnership with Friends and Family Community Connection, will package and send 45,000 to 50,000 meals to Haiti, on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, from 8 to 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the upper school parking lot of TVT, 5 Federation Way, Irvine, California. Friends and Family Community Connection, which began in San Diego in 1996, has helped people in the South rebuild after Hurricane Katrina and then helped bring food and medical care to Africa, the Philippines and Haiti.

“Anybody from age 4 and up can participate in this program, which is age-appropriate for everybody,” said Susan Miller, chair of the program. “It’s over before the Super Bowl, and it’s a great way to “kick off’ giving.”

High school students will be the crew leaders. Signups, which will be online, will start the second week in January.

Miller added, “I really am motivated by leaving the world today a little better than it was yesterday. I believe that everybody can do something. Our community is involved in changing futures. It’s about hope.”

The event, which is open to the public, attracted more than 400 people of all ages last year. “It’s our way of showing how we can make a difference in people’s lives,” said Dr. Jeffrey Davis, TVT’s head of school, who came up with the idea of the Turkey Trot as a way to raise funds to feed the hungry three years ago.

For more information on TVT, 5 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603, contact (949) 509-9500 or www.tarbut.com.

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