Long Beach City College’s (LBCC) Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program’s annual gift-giving campaign in support of single-parent students took place on Dec. 7 with a holiday celebration at the Liberal Art Campus located at 4901 E. Carson St. at the Nordic Lounge next to the D Building lawn area.
Parents and their children received special gift items collected from LBCC staff, faculty and students.
Launched on Nov. 5, the CARE program collects shampoos, conditioner, lotions, soaps, scrubs, hair and spa products for students and toys for their children ages six-months to 12 years. LBCC students and the Long Beach community were encouraged to donate during the collection.
“The campaign is a way for LBCC and the community to help single-parent students remain focused on their education and career goals and not worry about the holidays and some of life’s basic items,” said program specialist Deborah Boyle. “These students are trying to make a better life for themselves and their child(ren). We want them to know that we care and want them to succeed.”
Students enrolled at LBCC, and who are part of the CARE program, are eligible. CARE assists Long Beach City College students who are low-income single parents in achieving their educational goals and transition from welfare to work.
Murad Skincare, an El Segundo-based manufacturer of world-renowned prestigious clinical skin health products, is a major contributor to the campaign. Murad has contributed over 200 items to enhance the quality of life for LBCC single parent students.
“We appreciate the dedication and sacrifice parents who are on their own make to balance college life with family life,” said Hilarie Murad, president of the Murad Family Foundation. “For these parents, the stress of managing day-to-day life runs even higher during the holidays. Our company was founded on the idea that taking care of yourself first makes you better able to care for others. We are happy to do our small part in helping single parents feel a little more cared for and less stressed.”
“We want our students who are parents to know they are supported in their goals and that LBCC is a community of sharing and giving, “ said Eric Borin, director of Extended Opportunities Program Services at LBCC. “We want to celebrate our students who are working through parenthood and their academics by giving them everyday items of use.”
For more information, contact Boyle by calling (562) 938-4088.