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The 14th annual Day At The Beach will be held on Saturday, July 26th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Manhattan Beach, just south of Manhattan Beach Pier between 6th and 8th streets. P.S. I Love You Foundation partners with shelters, family service organizations, Title 1 schools and the Department of Child & Family Services to identify at-risk children ages 7 to 13 to be paired up with mentor volunteers for a day of relay races, beauty camps, face painting, surf lessons, boogie boarding, swimming in the ocean, and playing in the sand right in the heart of Manhattan Beach. The purpose of the annual Day at the Beach "Adopt a Child for the Day" is to bring the South Bay beach communities together through a fun, memorable event that allows adults mentors to share their time and guidance with underprivileged children living in our nearby communities and the surrounding Los Angeles areas.

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Founded in 1998, P.S. I Love You Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing at-risk children through educational and inspirational enrichment programs and events in order to influence health and well-being, positive attitudes and choices, social development, and, of course, hope. Past Day At The Beach volunteer, Jill Knepper recalled, "The PS I Love You Foundation's 'Day at the Beach' event was truly life-changing. After building sand castles, boogie boarding, decorating cupcakes, watching my adorable five-year-old mentee smile from ear to ear while taking photos with my phone, and running around the beach having fun – one of the most rewarding parts of the day was when she asked me if we could do this again soon. It is hard to describe 'Day at the Beach' using mere words - as it was an experience unlike any other."

Day At The Beach unites over 250 at-risk children with 250 caring, adult mentor volunteers. The foundation provides the children and mentors with all the needed items for this amazing day of fun, including t-shirts, food, drinks, boogey boards, hundreds of donated toys, and countless activities to entertain both young and old throughout the day. The day's events included face painting, surf lessons, make-up, massive-sized relay races, and an array of fun, carnival-like games for all.

Patricia Jones, founder of the P.S I Love You Foundation, asserts, “The goal of the foundation is to create positive and personal differences in the lives of at-risk children by teaching essential skills that influence the development of compassion, decision-making, positive attitudes and confident minds.” She adds, "I believe every individual can significantly impact the lives of each other without significant effort and that any positive experience for a child, no matter how small, can last a lifetime."

To learn more about the PS I Love You Foundation and their upcoming events, or find out how you can volunteer your time just visit www.psiloveyoufoundation.org

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