The vision of Bobby Markels (1926–2014) lives on! In memory of what founder Bobby Markels started in 1992, here are 24 additional ways you made life sweeter and kinder for kids this year!

  • Back to School shoes, backpacks, jackets, clothing, and school supplies for over 200 students.

  • Summer internships for eight AVID students at the Redwood Coast Senior Center.

  • Scholarships for 26 kids to have ten-day adventures to Camp Mendocino on the Noyo River.

  • Scholarships to Nature Day Camp for 42 children.

  • Scholarships to Circus Mecca Silks Arts and the Mendocino Circus Camp for four children.

  • Field trip aid for hundreds of kids to visit museums, colleges, ropes courses, and historical sites.

  • Diapers for families with babies who need a helping hand.

  • Baby carriers so new parents can keep their infants close and snuggly.

  • Food for over 200 children during the summer and holidays when schools are closed.

  • Healthy after-school snacks for all too many kids in dire situations.

  • Emergency pre-school and daycare assistance so parents didn’t lose their jobs.

  • Travel expenses for families with children hospitalized in San Francisco.

  • Dance, art, sports, and recreation scholarships for dozens of kids.

  • Rent and utility assistance to keep children from being homeless or cold.

  • Gas cards for a variety of family emergencies.

  • MTA bus passes so teens do not have to hitchhike to school and back.

  • Sleeping bags for 250 kids so they don’t have to sleep cold when families can’t afford heat.

  • Comfort items and teddy bears for children retained by child protective services.

  • Rainbow boxes of crayons for hundreds of little artists.

  • Warm, snugly, cotton pajamas for hundreds of little kids to be warm at night.

  • Emergency SOS funds for counselors and teachers serving kids with urgent needs from Westport to Gualala and inland to Comptche.

  • Toys for when a teddy bear is the best medicine.

  • Bus transportation for MUSD second graders to take swim lessons at CV Starr Center.

  • Transportation costs to reunite children with family members.

  • Accountable solutions 365 days a year.


We want to thank each and every person who donated money, shared their Harvest bag tokens with us, or passed on information about us to friends and neighbors. It takes all of us to make a kinder life for our youngest community members!

We provide dozens of coast agencies and non-profit partners with thousands of dollars in special grants, solutions and resources for infants, toddlers, kids and teens. We shop locally whenever possible so our whole community can thrive and be stronger.

We partner with over a hundred organizations and businesses. For example, we have a partner program with Rotary International called the “Read Aloud for Fifteen Minutes” project.

One hundred percent of your donations go directly to help local children. Operating expenses are covered separately thanks to the generosity of legacy donations. Please contact board member Gloria “Annie” Liner, MCCF bequests advisor, at 707-684-6644 or to fund legacy opportunities of your choice for children that speak to your heart.