Oct. 28 Day of Dignity in LA; Nov. 14 Orangewood Children’s Home special meal in the OC
It is hard to believe that we are already in the final quarter of 2023. Time for pumpkin lattes and holiday decorations in stores. While many of us are slowing down and looking forward to family get-togethers, Los Angeles and Orange County Trial Lawyers’ Charities are not skipping a beat in helping our communities.
On October 28, LATLC is holding our third Day of Dignity for the unhoused in Hollywood. We bring in mobile showers, manicures, chiropractors, medical and dental assistance, pet care, clothing, and a hot meal. In addition, our partner charities provide housing, job assistance, and mental health resources. We are also pleased to be adding haircuts and legal advice for the first time.
LATLC and OCTLC are excited that we can both partner with another non-profit this year: Triumph Foundation, an incredible group that provides resources, hope and security to people living with paralysis – not just initially when the spinal injury occurs, but as a lifelong support network. Triumph Foundation specializes in adaptive sports of all kinds: races, baseball, skiing, rugby, handcycling, kayaking and so much more. Recently OCTLC was a main sponsor of the Triumph Foundation’s Superheroes 5K Walk, Run or Roll and staffed the water station for the event as well in beautiful Irvine. Next month, LATLC will participate in Triumph’s Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival.
This fall, OCTLC will gather together and serve a meal for about 30 kids at Orangewood Children’s Home, a temporary shelter for children and teens between the ages of 2 days to 18 years of age on November 14, 2023. OCTLC is honored to make a significant financial donation of $10,000 to Orangewood.
OCTLC will also provide a $10,000 donation to the charity selected by OCTLA at the Top Gun awards event in November; past recipients include AWOW (A Walk on Water, surf therapy) and Operation Helping Hands.
The holidays are special for both organizations. LATLC’s final Signature Event of the year is the incredible Comfort & Joy holiday party. Five hundred South Los Angeles families are selected by LAPD’s Newton Division and community organizations. We purchase and distribute 2,000 toys, groceries, and household items to those in need. Activities like face painting, a petting zoo, and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus round out this wonderful event on December 9. It is a “Miracle on 34th Street” since the location is on 34th and Central.
OCTLC’s December consists of sponsoring the Boys and Girls Club’s Operation Holiday Homework helping to support youth and teens who place academics first. This will be an exciting opportunity to volunteer on December 7, 8 or 16 in Aliso Viejo at the event where OCTLC is a Santa’s Workshop Sponsor – shopping and gift-wrapping holiday items. OCTLC will also be selecting families to receive needed items for the holidays and donating those.
LATLC and OCTLC would love YOU to “fall in” with our organizations. Visit our websites (www.latlc.org and www.octlc.org) and volunteer, sponsor, and support the work we do in supporting so many people throughout our communities.
Karina Lallande is a partner at Lallande Law, PLC, where her practice focuses on litigating personal injury and wrongful-death cases throughout California. She is a member of the CAALA Board of Governors.
Michelle M. West is an attorney with Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA where she focuses on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. She graduated Pepperdine University School of Law in 2003 and has practiced for over 10 years almost exclusively on behalf of injured individuals and consumers. Ms. West is a member of CAOC, CAALA, WLALA, Orange County Bar Association, and the OCBA Administration of Justice Committee. Ms. West was selected as a 2010 and 2011 SuperLawyer Rising Star in Southern California and in 2014 became a Fellow of the ABOTA National Trial College.
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