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Bowling, Burritos, Chicken, Pasta and Winter Wonderland

Would you like to bowl for free?  Maybe get some food before or after for free, too?  Just make donations of toys to support the Winter Wonderland Project of Steven’s Hope for Children and it could all be yours for free!

One business is Brunswick Zone at 451 Foothill Blvd.in Upland. From now until December 8, bring in a new, unwrapped toy of $5 or more and get a free game of bowling.

If you’re in the mood for food,  here are great ways to help get some good food and help out a great cause.

DEVEMBER 5- Carino’s Italian Restaurant located at 12240 Foothill Blvd in Rancho Cucamonga is having their night with Steven’s Hope on Monday, December 5.  The SHSH Club (Students Helping Steven’s Hope) from Los Osos High School arranged to the restaurant to provide 25% of dinner proceeds to Steven’s Hope for each person that brings in this flyer. It’s even good on 1/2 off family platters. If you bring in a new, unwrapped toy, you’ll receive a dessert card for your next visit to Carino’s. There will also be a drawing for a $30 Carino’s gift card.  Be sure to bring your flyer.

DEVEMBER 7 – You could also go to Chipotle Mexican Grill on Wednesday, December 7 from 5PM – 8PM.  Drop off a newunwrapped toy worth $10 or more and get a free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos.  This offer is good at either the 1092 N. Mountain Avenue in Upland or 10811 Foothill Blvd., in Rancho Cucamonga.

DECEMBER 1 through 9 – Chik-Fil-A  will give out a free chicken sandwich for donations of new toys or boods donated at 12190 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga. This special offer is on from December 1st through 9th.

Chipotle Restaurants To Host Tasty December 7th

Chipotle Restaurants in Upland and Rancho Cucamonga are doing a special toy drive for Steven’s Hope for Children on December 7.  Guests who donate a new, unwrapped gift for the Winter Wonderland Project will receive free food.

When guests bring in a new unwrapped toy valued at $10+, during this timeframe on Wednesday, December 7th, they will receive a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos, or salad.

The toy drive will take place at Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurants in Upland
and Rancho Cucamonga. The toy drive does not include the Victoria Gardens location.

Steven’s Hope in Upland helping kids during holidays and year round

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer

Created: 11/21/2011 06:02:53 AM PST

(Will Lester/Staff Photographer) Tony and Sandy Cappelli, founders of Steven's Hope For Children in Upland, stand in their store Wednesday November 2, 2011.

UPLAND – For many seriously ill children and their families, Steven’s Hope for Children is Santa Claus.

“A lot of families send us pictures of their kids Christmas morning just beaming because they’ve gotten something,” Tony Cappelli said. “Whether it’s a game they really wanted or not they’re beaming because they got something and they didn’t expect it.”

Steven’s Hope provides housing and support to families of ill children. They have three apartments near Loma Linda University Medical  Center where families can stay during their child’s treatments.

Through Winter Wonderland, sick children and their siblings submit their holiday gift wishes. A donor will sign up to fulfill those wishes.

Last year they gave out more than 3,800 gifts to more than 1,000 children from six local hospitals.

“It’s a prayer that we get all the wishes filled. It’s a little scary when you head out into an economy like this, but last year we exceeded everything that we could imagine,” Sandy Cappelli said. “I’m just praying we get enough to get all the kids sponsored again. Our goal is to hit over 1,000 again.”

Similar to many nonprofits, Steven’s Hope is working hard to stay afloat financially, but have seen donations grow for its Wonderland program.

“People they don’t have money,” Sandy Cappelli said. “This is why it’s such a huge program for us because they all want to deliver toys. I can’t get a check, but I can get toys, which is good. We’re making the best of that and helping as many people as we can help through that.”

This year they are looking for toys and sponsorships for two holiday parties in December.

Donors also can hold toy drives to help provide toys for the children at the parties.

“They all sit there holding this gift form Santa Claus, because Santa is the one who delivers it, – to see their little faces and to watch them open these gifts – it is so fun,” Sandy Cappelli said. “They don’t even know we load their trunk up for Christmas.”

Because the Cappellis want to continue to see those happy smiling faces, they are kicking off a new program that will spread the Christmas spirit year round.

“We just don’t want the spirit of Christmas to end on Dec. 25,” Tony Cappelli said.

They are looking for funding to support 25 families throughout the year with gift cards for food and gas as well as family celebrations.

Since their inception more than 10 years ago, Steven’s Hope has become more than housing.

Not only does it provide gifts for sick children and their families at Christmas, it also has two kids clothing boutiques, and try to support families with food, gas cards and family events.

Steven’s Hope opened the two boutiques, one next to their office at 1014 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite C and one in Rancho Cucamonga at 10730 Foothill Blvd., Suite 170.

They offer gift cards to their boutique for parents to buy their children clothing and toys.

The proceeds from the boutiques go to fund their programs and apartments.

“It adds up. It really does,” Sandy Cappelli said. “I just feel like we’re not just about one thing. We’re about hitting the needs of what the families are. We look at their situation and we can accommodate what needs to be done. ”

For more information on Steven’s Hope and its programs visit www.stevenshope.org

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– sandra.emerson@inlandnewspapers.com, 909-483-8555, @UplandNow

Toys To Over 1000 Children Possible with Steven’s Hope Winter Wonderland Project

The Winter Wonderland Project is in full swing at Steven’s Hope and the Upland nonprofit is trying to fill the wishes of ill children and their siblings. “We are getting more requests to fill wishes than ever before” said Sandy Cappelli, co-founder of Steven’s Hope. “Those that want to help can host a toy drive or by sponsoring the parties and presents. We are still receiving requests for families to be adopted.” Presents will start to be distributed the week of December 9. The Winter Wonderland Committee has estimated that this year they will surpass the 1000 kids served last year. For more information call Steven’s Hope at 909-373-0678 or click here to go to www.stevenshope.org/wonderland.

Steven’s Hope Night with Ontario Reign Hockey Team on November 27

Join Steven’s Hope at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena November 27 as the Ontario Reign Hockey Team takes to the ice in another ECHL game against the Bakersfield Condors. Game time is 5:00PM.  Tickets are now available by calling Steven’s Hope at 866-3-STEVEN.

Don’t be late as Alexa Cappelli, the 12 year old daughter of Steven’s Hope founders, Tony and Sandy Cappelli, will be singing the National Anthem.

Winter Wonderland Gets Early Start

Winter Wonderland didn’t start out as a planned project.  Tony was writing the newsletter back in 2005  and he had a little “white space” remaining.  To fill the space, he asked readers to help with “Winter Wonderland: a Christmas Gift Giving Project.”   Well, the next thing you know, the phone is ringing and people wanted to help.

And help they did! Winter Wonderland allows our supporters to be directly influential in the joy that kids have over the holiday season.  From the presents and the smiles to the memories that can last a lifetime, Winter Wonderland works.  read the rest of the story

Echo-Factory Designs New Steven’s Hope Website

Through the generosity of a special donor, Steven’s Hope for Children has unveiled its new website.

“We are really excited about being able to use new technology to be able to communicate more effectively with our donors, volunteers and, of course, our families,” said Steven’s Hope President, Tony Cappelli.  “The roll out will be in several phases and should be 100% complete before the end of the year.”

Rancho Cucamonga based Echo-Factory has been working with Steven’s Hope for over a year in creating the layout.   Mike Schaffer, who had met Cappelli several years ago, has been working with his staff and Andrew Hoehn to make the site launch finally happen.

The rebuilding of the website was made possible with a gift from longtime Steven’s Hope supporters, Grace & Mike Vick of Upland.

“This advancement for Steven’s Hope is only possible because of Mike & Grace. Without their help the new site would not have happened.”