Preschoolers Find Sweet Way to Raise Money for CF

January 24, 2007

 LaHabra CureFinders
Preschoolers at Pinecrest School in Van Nuys, Calif., were eager to eat some sweets and raise some funds on behalf on the CF Foundation.

When Olida Quinn, director of Pinecrest School in Van Nuys, Calif., discovered that her friend Candice Brank was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Quinn knew she had to help. She contacted the Southern California Chapter’s La Habra Office and got her school involved with CureFinders, the Foundation’s spare change collection program.

“We wanted to help the students get off to an early start in learning the importance of giving back to the community and helping children who are sick,” Quinn said. While ages ranged from 18 months to 5 years old, students of all ages were eager to help.

The idea was for each child to bring home one tube of M&M’s® Minis®, and after enjoying their goodies, the students would ask people to help them fill up their tubes with coins. As the children began bringing back their change a month later, Quinn noticed that the tubes were filled with not only quarters but also dollars and checks that totaled $3,000.

Offering to match up to $2,000 of money raised through CureFinders by schools nears its restaurants, Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants gave an additional $2,000 to the CF Foundation and $1,000 to the school for supplies. Pinecrest generously donated the $1,000 to raise a total of $6,000 to fund vital CF research. “The students at Pinecrest had a really fun time raising money for CF,” Quinn noted. “We are proud to support the CF Foundation.”