Normally, weekends in October and March see a flurry of construction activity in a church parking lot in Rolling Hills Estates.
Welcome to our 2020 Kindness Special Section
Susan Lyle and Kara Ruiz, who both grew up in the South Bay, wanted to raise awareness and help families right here in local neighborhoods who are struggling.
In a new world where faces and smiles have vanished behind protective masks and hugs and gatherings are discouraged, the Beach Cities Health District is offering a respite from the isolation many feel in a community already under mental pressure even before the coronavirus pandemic emerged.
Vincent and Sandy Lucido’s free digital coloring book for families that have been stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is all about spreading kindness.
Lila Omura surveyed the scene at Redondo Beach Veterans Park on a recent weekday as three older gentlemen talked at the Veterans Memorial and another paced behind them drinking a 22-ounce can of beer.
It's Friday night and time for a dance party.
Hermosa Beach teenager Kina Desai is launching a buy-one, give-one campaign to ensure children in Central America have the most basic of necessities—clean, comfortable underwear.
About one-third of food produced on farms is going to waste during the coronavirus pandemic, in large part because farmers don’t have the resources to transport the food to areas that face food shortages, according to the nonprofit and college student-founded the Farmlink Project.
Aliya Ahmed realized after her first year at Mira Costa High School that all the courses she’d taken had “such a great lack of inclusion.”
About one in every 100 children has a heart defect or congenital heart disease, according to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Hermosa Beach sisters are spearheading what they hope to become a global effort to help save the dwindling sea turtle population which has been hit hard by climate change and marine pollution, such as plastic bags and straws.
Ten storm drains along the Strand in Manhattan Beach recently received a colorful makeover.
When Hailey Staszkow was a freshman in the drama program at Mira Costa High School and a volunteer with Mychal's Learning Place in Hawthorne, she decided to incorporate both loves and form Anchorless Productions, a theater company for young adults with disabilities, in 2016.
Charise Ray didn't let her housemate Patti Neuremberg finish describing the nonprofit P.S. I Love You before she interrupted:
When a child is getting ready to undergo surgery, it can be a scary thing.
When a local grandfather and professional truck driver lost his 7-year-old granddaughter to cancer, there was little that could be done to comfort the man.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
While he was planning a 2016 ascent to the 22,841-feet Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain outside of Asia, Mark Parella made a decision.
Melissa Heckscher said it was one of those "Kids Say the Darndest Things" ideas.
Say the words "Friendship Foundation" and South Bay residents immediately conjure images of teens interacting with their special needs peers.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Michael Williams remembers watching his mother pack up the family station wagon with toys.
If you live near Becky Bruhns on 13th Street in Manhattan Beach, you can drop by and enjoy some "kitten time."
Esperanza Mejia had a chaotic upbringing. She was born to heroin-addicted parents. Teenage pregnancies resulted in five children. She experienced homelessness and made many bad choices.
Kaitlyn Sciarrino, director and president of Kindheartedly, is on a mission—to provide girls who enter the foster care system empty-handed with what she calls a Kind Kit.
Jeralyn Glass was living in Germany with a career as a professor and international opera singer when she first heard a sound that would change her life.
The Best Day Foundation's mission is a simple one: it's all about the pure joy of children enjoying themselves at the beach.
On a recent weekday morning, the noise level at The Gable House Bowl in Torrance was a little louder than usual. Two groups of people were delighted to see each other, bowl a few frames and strike up unlikely, but beautiful friendships.
For the past 35 years the Sheehan Adopt-a-Family Project has provided holiday gifts to dozens of needy kids and families in the Los Angeles area each year. But sometimes a gift is not enough.
Veterinarian Dirk Yelinek has been caring for people's pets for decades. After working at hundreds of animal hospitals and then starting Redondo Shores Veterinary Center in 2004, he said he finally found another reason to be a vet.
Caley Versfelt has lived her 27 years in a world of “no’s.” Because she was born with Down Syndrome those around her decided she was different and made the decision not to include her.
Scott Harris' brother drowned when he was 17, and he lost his parents to cancer in his 20s. Jillian Harris' mother and sister battled breast cancer. The married couple used those life-altering experiences to give back by becoming mentors with Walk With Sally, a South Bay nonprofit that offer…
Nestled in a residential neighborhood below American Martyrs Catholic Church, the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club has enjoyed a rich history since 1936.
Since April, Debbie Spomer, 55, has been working in Hermosa Beach-based ICAN’s print shop. She has a lot of responsibility, including running the Konica Minolta color print press, the bindery and the folding machine. She also manages the paper supply stock. All relatively straightforward tas…
When Ellen Rosenberg and Katie Brodkin weren’t able to find an outlet for their high school sons to volunteer in the South Bay, the two women decided to create their own.
How to deal with terminal cancer is something that no family is truly ever prepared for, but with the help of the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, it was made that much easier.
Gene Saez pulled up to St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on a recent Saturday morning with his car brimming to the rim with pastries. He opened the trunk to reveal Entenmann's, bear claws, danishes, birthday cakes and cinnamon rolls. He opened the side door and the passenger door…
Over the past six years, Melinda Reiter, president of Friends of the Manhattan Beach Library, has generated about $89,000 for the Manhattan Beach Library by selling donated books online.
Augusta Halle may only be 11 years old, but she already has an idea of how to create a utopian society.
When Derek Locklear started the nonprofit, Let’s Give Them a Shot, 13 years ago, he thought he would simply be bringing sports instruction to kids in at-risk areas in Los Angeles who couldn’t afford it.
Four years ago, bodybuilder Kat Portillo and photographer Pavel Ythjall, both immigrants enjoying success in Los Angeles’ competitive fitness scene, found love at an industry party.
Calling all expert players—the children who know how to play the right way—to teach some novice players well ... how to play.
Vicki Callahan’s home has baggage. A lot of it.
Clare and Jim Gurbach sat in the bleachers at American Martyrs School’s gym in Manhattan Beach watching their daughter play volleyball when something caught their eye: The other team didn’t have proper equipment.
One hundred employees at Hermosa Beach City School District know well how a simple act can brighten a dull day.
Manhattan Beach resident Cynthia Strand can’t help but smile as tears fill her eyes.
When the Beach Cities Toy Drive began in 1992, there were no Facebook pages gearing people up for the annual wrapping party. There weren’t flashy websites with calls to action and donate buttons.
Julie Crombé took the hand of her young mentee, and took their first step toward the great big Pacific Ocean.
Diana Allen and her 17-year-old daughter, Kelsey, stepped out of their Lexus SUV onto Skid Row, where tents lined the streets and homeless stared at the two suspiciously.
Manhattan Beach’s Kurt Dahlin was a pastor at Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach when he first traveled to Malawi, Africa in 1994.
For some South Bay families, back to school shopping just isn’t a thing. There is no money for shiny folders, glitter glue sticks or gel pens. Never mind a cool canvas knapsack to sling over the shoulder on the first day of school.
Dawn and Eric Martin have just one child—but some days, it seems like they have six.
Isabella Bacallao, SaraJane Bacallao, Sofia Pizer, and Sofia Prenter are outwardly typical, fun-loving Hermosa Beach sisters and close friends, ranging in age from 11 to 14. These girls are also tireless volunteers, working a combined 400 plus hours over the past year to protect the environm…