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Good News about Big Brothers Big Sisters, Womenade and Transitions-Mental Health Association

From left, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Anna Boyd-Bucy receives a donation from Tom’s Toys owners Ted and Anne Frankel (holding their dog, Rocky).
From left, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Anna Boyd-Bucy receives a donation from Tom’s Toys owners Ted and Anne Frankel (holding their dog, Rocky).

San Luis Obispo

Tom’s Toys in San Luis Obispo donated $1,000 from holiday sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County.

According to the agency, Tom’s Toys owner Ted Frankel became a mentor and Big Brother 42 years ago to a 7-year-old. He helped his “little brother” finish college, and now he is a successful accountant with two children of his own.

“Supporting children’s programs seemed like a natural fit for a toy store, and Big Brothers Big Sisters holds a place in my heart,” Frankel said.

Arroyo Grande

SLO County Womenade, a support network for those in crisis, received a donation of $1,122 from the Arroyo Grande Rabobank. Dan Snowden and Michele Starling made the presentation.

Womenade shares 100 percent of all donations with people in need.

SLO County

Transitions-Mental Health Association has received $2,500 from Central Coast Funds for Children.

The association announced that, for the third year in a row, teens will have the opportunity to enter the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy program operated by Gina Sears, a licensed marriage and family therapist.

“I have seen this program support not only the therapeutic process for these kids but also self-esteem, balance and general health and fitness. We are so grateful to CCFC for recognizing the value of this program, and supporting it for another year,” said Alley Jensen, program manager.

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