We Help People

We Help People

Amistad - Amity Foundation


Amistad de Los Angeles  - The Amity Foundation works hard to keep men and women from returning to prison.

This post-prison residential project helps people pick up the pieces of their life, get a job, and an education.

The facility has a professional kitchen, and a beautiful, spacious dining room that is central for rebuilding lives through their vocational training offered to the residents.

Help The Children provides thousands of pounds of donated fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables to this facility.

Students not only help themselves, but reach out to the local community.

Help The Children is proud to support the Amity Foundation.

Help for Veterans

Dear Friend,

I’m writing to you this month not only to ask for your support, but also to share some good news and personal testimony from veterans…courageous Americans that you and others have supported through our Military Family Assistance program.

I want you to hear first-hand how your financial support is making life better for active military; how your continued gifts will help hundreds of men and women, who have served our country, supplied with food and product today and in the challenging times ahead.

At our recent “Framing Hope Veteran Appreciation Day,” a project of Help The Children, we honored many active military and veterans.  

Vietnam Veteran, William and his wife Nancy are on a fixed income.  They’re very frugal and work hard to stretch every dollar.  But, there was never enough money at the end of the month to maintain their home or repair their worn-out floors. 

William said, “…our floor was so bad…I was concerned about our safety.”

There was no way he could afford to replace the flooring on the benefits he received from the government.  But, when he and his wife attended our veteran event, he said, “we were excited…Nancy began to cry.”

At no cost, they were provided all of the flooring they needed as well as throw rugs and other miscellaneous items for the home.  The look on their faces was priceless!
Please let us help more veterans like William and Nancy.  Your gift of $15, $25, or more will make it possible to continue this most important service for our precious defenders of freedom.

Our “Framing Hope Veteran Appreciation” events are well attended and scores of active-duty, military and veterans are helped.  They can’t believe the home improvement items they receive from the program.

To date, in the Greater Los Angeles Area alone, we have provided approximately $500,000 worth of home improvement items to Veterans and active-duty military.  We also provide tens of thousands of boxes of food for veterans and their families who need help when the food budget runs out.

Ruben Navarro, Jr. of the Marine Corp League Detachment expressed his gratitude for the housewares and other items he received that he will then distribute to struggling veterans.  He said, “…they were a welcome gift and will be put to good use.”

I was so very touched by Daniel’s story.  He had just returned from his tour and moved into a small home with his wife, and baby daughter.  He needed a few essential items. 

He told one of our volunteers that he needed an area rug since they didn’t have carpet in their living room and their daughter wasn't able to crawl on the floor.  Daniel was stunned to discover the pile of area rugs and carpet we had at the event. 

He also needed a washer and dryer because they had to drive to the laundry-mat every week which was difficult with the baby.  Needless to say, Daniel was provided with both the washer and dryer.

As Daniel moved to the check-out area he became very emotional and had to take a few seconds before he could speak.  All of the items were given to him at no charge.  Free! 

He was so happy and said, “It felt like Christmas!”

These are just a few of the stories we hear from veterans who have benefited from our Military Family Assistance program.  We need your help to continue this most important, charitable service to those who serve. 

Please consider a financial gift of $15, $25 or more to help us acquire, warehouse, and distribute the goods our military need at no charge.  Remember, these items are given to the military families for free, but only with your generous support.

My most sincere appreciation,
Roxana Presgrove

President, Help The Children

The Military Family Assistance program is a project of Help The Children.Please, won’t you help us help our brave military personnel and veterans.  They all serve with honor…we too can give to honor them.

Vet-Working Community Partners

We have provided thousands of boxes to our military families across America.  Please remember to pray for our soldiers in Afghanistan and other places around the globe serving to protect our way of life. While our Military Family Assistance Paks are geared for active military families, we also work closely with the Vet-Working Community Partners offering our support for U.S. veterans.

Vet-Working Community Partners represents a team of organizations located in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties that have joined together to provide a network of services for approximately 8,000-10,000 Veterans to access information in a convenient manner.  Vet-Working Community Partners service organizations include, but are not limited to, Help the Children, The City of Commerce American GI Forum Chapter, The Home Depot Foundation, California State Senator Ronald Calderon, Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles, New Directions, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, The Vet Hunters, U.S. Vets, TEAM San Gabriel Valley Chapter, Knights of Columbus, and several other organizations.

By Stephanie Stegall

We help military families!

A child stares out the window, waiting for Daddy to come home …

Dear Friend,

We all have burdens.  Yours might be different than mine, but we both have them. But few of us can say we’ve carried the burden of protecting a nation. That’s what our military men and women do for us: they serve; they fight, and sacrifice so that we remain free and safe. 


My name is Roger Presgrove and I am the President of Military Family Assistance Paks.  We deliver “Paks” full of food, clothing and other necessities to our troops’ neediest children. Make no mistake:  It’s not only our troops who carry a massive burden.  So do the spouses and children they leave behind while on their tours of duty.

They wake up every morning worried that this will be the day their beloved is killed in the line of duty.  And then there is the hardship of day-to-day life.  I know how tough it is for families to make ends meet on a meager military salary. Their financial and emotional burden is inescapable, unbearable.  Especially at a time when our economy is faltering and jobs are almost impossible to come by.

And so while they suffer silently, we quietly do our work on their behalf. We do it because we believe that our freedom comes with an obligation to reach out to help those who sacrifice so much so that we are safe, secure and free. I have faith that you believe it, too.

When you send us a contribution today, 99% of every donation goes straight to our programs.  We are one of America’s most cost-efficient charities. How do we do it?  We get donations from good, patriotic food and home product companies and our volunteers assemble the “Paks” in our warehouse to keep the costs down. But without your donation we will not have the funds to deliver them.

Yes, the transportation costs are staggering  –  there are so many families who need our help from coast-to-coast…from the middle of the biggest cities to the most rural towns in the middle of America.

But we will do whatever it takes to get a warm meal into the belly of a soldier’s son, or a pair of new shoes onto the feet of a Marine’s daughter, or even laundry detergent to the wife of a seaman.

And I’m asking you to help me – to give as generously as you can today to help these families who fight their own quiet battles while they wait for their loved one to return from a far-away battlefield.

No, we cannot bring mommy or daddy back from the battlefield. But we can ease the burdens that these military families face. We can give them a warm meal.  We can provide living essentials. And we can offer them our thanks for the very real sacrifice they make for us.

For our military families,

Roger Presgrove          President                                                                                                                                                                

 P.S.    Please remember the sacrifice that so many are making so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have.  And please be reminded that with sacrifice comes great reward.  Will you make a sacrifice today on behalf of the families our troops have left behind?  Will you give a generous gift so that we can deliver our “Paks” of food, clothing and other necessities to military families-in-need?  God bless you.