Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Feeding the Soul for Christmas


Lately, I’ve been thinking about how fortunate that I am to have this life, to live where I live, and to be so blessed to have so much. I’ve never had to worry where my next meal was coming from, or gone without electricity and clean water.

Feeding the Soul Foundation was born in March of 2010 and has since given over $30,000 in donations to various organizations, including Free the Slaves, Brother Bennos Soup Kitchen, The Indigenous Education Foundation, Generation Hope, the Lewy Body Dementia Association, SuperFood Drive, and more. Started by Jitters coffee shop owner, Vallie Gilley, the foundation combines fun shows with generous works. I’ve been to one of the FSF events, and they are pretty spectacular!

I highly advise getting a pastry when you visit Jitters!
I had the opportunity to speak with Vallie, and was curious about how FTSF came to be. Feeding the Soul came about from Vallie’s natural inclination towards giving back. Both of her parents were very conscious of the responsibility to help those in need, so it was a natural response for Vallie to use her business as a conduit for charitable works. Between juggling a successful café, Feeding the Soul, and a vibrant personal life, Vallie stays busy, to which she responds cheerfully “Sleep is overrated!”

Giving locally, Vallie’s plans and hopes for FTSF is to expand to larger venues to raise more money for those in need, but to keep the foundation personal and local. She states that one of the most rewarding parts of the foundation is to actually see the people being helped, to meet and know the faces that are helped by all of the generosity of the performers and volunteers.

This season, there are even more things on the horizon for FTSF. On December 17, Feeding the Soul Foundation will host the “KFTS Radio Varity Show” at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla. This year-end celebration will feature musical guests Bushwalla, Raining Jane, and The Makepeace Brothers, plus special guests, unexpected friends, and surprise endings. The evening will be hosted by award-winning magician and television host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”, “HubWorld” and more). The event will support the organization’s operation costs allowing them to continue giving back to organizations that are making an impact on communities around the world.

In addition to the “KFTS Radio Variety Show”, Feeding the Soul is giving back to the community all season long. Feeding the Soul’s StandUp for Kids Holiday Clothing Drive takes place from November 16, through December 23. Feeding the Soul is collecting everyday needs for the kids and teens at StandUp for Kids Oceanside. These needs include: used jeans, new socks, new backpacks, new jackets, dark hooded sweatshirts, deodorant, and $25.00 PAYLESS gift cards. Donations can be dropped off at Jitters Coffee Pub, 510 N. Coast Hwy. Oceanside, Ca. 6a.m. to 3p.m. weekdays; 7a.m. to 3p.m. weekends.

Please drop by Jitters and help support this wonderful foundation, as locals help local causes!

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