Dr. Karen Kurowski of Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital accepts donations from Malie Stephens and Sofia Nocella. (courtesy photo)


Youngsters create fund for ailing pets
Scripps Ranch residents Malie Stephens and Sofia Nocella, both age 7, wanted to ensure that any pet in need that came to the Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital would get the medicine and care it needed, no matter the cost. In November 2019, they came up with the idea to raise money to start a “Kids Care fund” at the hospital. In December and January, the girls sold hot chocolate, and painted and sold shells and rocks. Together, they raised $200 to kick off their “caring fund” at the hospital.

“After school one day they told me about their plan,” said Laura Stephens, mother of Malie Stephens. “It was 100 percent the girls’ ideas that made this happen.”

The girls pitched their idea to Dr. Karen Kurowski at the Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital. In January, armed with an overflowing bin of new dog and cat toys, the girls presented a check for $200 to the clinic. They plan to continue fundraising throughout the year, and encourage any kid or family to join in this effort. Contact Laura Stephens:

Project nets 845 bags of hygiene items
A local project to collect hygiene items to donate to San Diego’s Monarch School gathered enough supplies to fill 845 bags which will be used by Monarch School students. Scripps Ranch resident Victoria Muschek and her family again spearheaded this annual effort, which was in its seventh year of collecting and packaging the hygiene items for the school for San Diego’s homeless youth. Muschek stated that she is extremely proud of Jerabek Elementary School, which was very involved in the project, and the entire Scripps Ranch community for making this effort possible. The items –enough to supply the students for the next 13 months ­– were recently delivered to the Monarch School. Muschek encourages the community to continue donating items throughout the year for this project. Contact her for more information:

Volunteers deliver gifts to the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. (courtesy photo)

Becky’s Gift project surpasses goal
The Becky’s Gift toy drive, based in Scripps Ranch, was an overwhelming success, collecting more than its goal of 1,000 toys. In fact, close to 2,000 toys were collected. The project’s purpose is to provide toys and other help during the holiday season to families affected by cancer. Volunteers delivered the toys to UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Oncology Associates of San Diego (Sharp Outpatient), South County Hematology, and the Sharp Reese Steely Kevin H. Cook Infusion and Oncology Center. Becky Walton and Christie Jackson, and their children Elle Jackson, Kailey Walton and Carly Walton each volunteered. They made weekly deliveries from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.
Becky’s Gift coordinators thank their friends, family and the Scripps Ranch community for supporting the project for the last nine years. Thanks go out to these major contributors: Scripps Rock Dental, UCSD NICU, UCSD SICU/Sandy Petty, Scripps Ranch South Tennis Team, Transamerican Mailing, Kelly Marshall’s Birthday Party, San Diego Family Magazine, Polly Hickle, Rancho Penasquitos Realtor Caravan, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Dingeman Elementary School, American Public Works Association, Betty Torano Realtor, Signature Dance Academy, Ariel Achievements, Scripps Ranch/Poway Rotary Club, Barbara Kuzara, Avery Alfonzo, T.Y. Lin International, Scripps Ranch Fieldstone Summit BUNCO Party, Torano Family Thanksgiving Party, Dingman Bunco Babes, Cub Scout Pack 614, Play Station Rancho Bernardo, and All Ivy Cornell Club.

S.T.E.P. earns 4-star rating
Support The Enlisted Project (S.T.E.P.), based in Scripps Ranch, received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the second consecutive year. Charity Navigator awards the coveted 4-star rating to organizations with a strong commitment to accountability and financial health. S.T.E.P.’s mission is to aid military families through financially conscious metrics and credibility. S.T.E.P. has assisted more than 3,000 military and veteran families through financial counseling and $1.3 million in grants.

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