63rd Annual Singing Christmas Tree Set to Debut This Weekend

Singing Christmas Tree will make you want to sing along!

The Singing Christmas Tree presents A Very Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas features a 30-foot tall tree structure with an 80-voice choir, accompanied by a 40-piece symphonic orchestra

Come see and be a part of this year’s SCT and enjoy the sights, sounds and pageantry of Christmas!”

— Mark Carlson, Executive Director of the SCT

SACRAMENTO, CA, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Singing Christmas Tree has become a Northern California tradition for 63 years. This year’s show entitled, “A Very Merry Christmas,” will be an unforgettable celebration featuring iconic Christmas music, dazzling entertainment, and scintillating sights and sounds taking place December 6th – 15th, 2019.

Each year hundreds of volunteers spend thousands of hours preparing and rehearsing for this annual holiday tradition held the first two weekends in December at the Capital Christian Center, located at 9470 Micron Ave in Sacramento.

The Singing Christmas Tree features a 80-voice choir, a 40-piece symphonic orchestra, the Capital Kids choir, choreography, drama, and SCT Soloists. The show is set in two acts, complete with gorgeous costuming and beautiful sets and lighting.

This year’s brand new production unfolds when a big city reporter, Rosie, is assigned to write about how a small town, Stewartsville, celebrates Christmas. The majority of the town is owned by a crusty fella, Henry, who only has one thing on his mind at Christmas: making money! From the opening curtain to the final scene watch as Rosie has to deal with Henry and how the townsfolk make a lasting impression on them both. Elements of the Newsies and Mary Poppins will be reflected.

Some interesting facts about the Singing Christmas Tree:

· The Singing Christmas Tree structure is 30-feet high.
· The Tree can accommodate 110 choir members.
· It takes over 336 total man hours just to set up the Tree and stage.
· Every year nearly 30,000 people attend the Singing Christmas Tree.
· The choir is standing in the Tree during the performance.
· The Tree is decorated with over 45,000 mini lights.
· The orchestra pit is covered up for most of the year.
· The Executive Producer and Musical Director of the SCT, Mark Carlson, also serves on staff at Capital Christian Center as the Music & Creative Arts Pastor.

Tickets range in price from $5 – $35. For showtimes and more information, visit: www.sct.cc

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Drug-Free World Seattle Partners with Educators to Help Youth

Sharing Drug-Free World materials with Washington State educators at conferences

Sharing Drug-Free World materials with Washington State educators at conferences

Open house at the Church of Scientology Seattle on the drug problem and how Drug-Free World is taking action

Open house at the Church of Scientology Seattle on the drug problem and how Drug-Free World is taking action

Handing out drug education booklets at the Seattle Seahawks home game

Handing out drug education booklets at the Seattle Seahawks home game

With Washington State responsible for more than a ton of methamphetamine seized this year, Drug-Free World Seattle teams up with educators to reach youth.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Seattle’s Drug-Free World volunteers participated in two recent conferences to arm teachers with effective materials to eliminate the widespread use of drugs.

At a Society of Health and Physical Educators conference, volunteers staffed a drug education booth and distributed over 11,500 sets of materials to conference attendees. Many teachers who use the program stopped by the booth to tell the volunteers about their success in using it and to thank them.

“This really opened the students’ minds and it was easy for them to relate to,” said a health teacher who has used the program in a middle school. Another recommended other teachers in her school use the materials because of their effectiveness.

The same weekend, at the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association (WTSEA) conference, volunteers distributed nearly 5,000 copies of the materials. One educator told the volunteers how she had shared the booklets with her son. He then brought them to school and gave copies of them to his friends so they too could make the informed decision to live drug-free.

Educators at both conferences ordered Truth About Drugs Educator Kits, which contain the curriculum and all elements for delivering the program in a classroom or seminar setting, including sets of 14 booklets, public service announcements covering the most frequently abused drugs, and the award-winning The Truth About Drugs: Real People, Real Stories documentary.

Drug-Free World volunteers also organized a community open house at the Church of Scientology Seattle featuring a guest speaker from the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association, who presented the volunteers with certificates of appreciation for their work.

Then volunteers then hit the streets to passed out booklets to Seattle Seahawks fans at their home game at CenturyLink Field.

Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit, international drug education program supported by the Church of Scientology and Scientologists. Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard noted the role substance abuse plays in the disintegration of the social fabric, stating, “Research has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.” The Foundation was formed in 2006 to serve as the primary distributor of educational materials and to develop new materials to meet the challenge of continually changing drug trends.

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Launching the Holidays from Santa’s Home in Hollywood

Actor Jason Dohring gave out toys to kids at the opening of L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland.

Actor Jason Dohring gave out toys to kids at the opening of L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland.

 L. Ron Hubbard Presents Winter Wonderland opens each year on the evening of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Winter Wonderland opens each year on the evening of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

 Kids take the opportunity to give their personal message to Santa.

Kids take the opportunity to give their personal message to Santa.

Mr. Hubbard’s universal message: “On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.”

Mr. Hubbard’s universal message: “On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.”

Children and their families were treated to a holiday show and toy giveaway with actor Jason Dohring at L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland in Hollywood.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a classic winter’s setting, surrounded by more than 50 evergreen trees, including Hollywood’s tallest Christmas tree, L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland hosted hundreds of children December 1 with entertainment, magical fun, and a toy giveaway led by actor Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars).

“This is a tradition started in 1983 when L. Ron Hubbard donated a giant Christmas tree to the children of Hollywood and has continued ever since,” said Dohring at the opening of Winter Wonderland, which coincides each year with the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

For more than three decades, L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland has brought joy to hundreds of thousands of Angelenos—and tourists in town for the holidays from around the world. Winter Wonderland is designed in the motif of a Hollywood movie set, with Santa and his sleigh flying past the Hollywood sign and snow-covered Hollywood Hills. The set, in the heart of Hollywood, one block east of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland, is open daily through December 29, and features Santa, entertainment, and activities for families.

Across the front of the village is a sign bearing Mr. Hubbard’s universal message: “On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.”

Admission to L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland is free. The annual tradition is made possible by Friends of L. Ron Hubbard. For further information contact friendsofron@lronhubbard.org or visit the L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland Facebook page.

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Forced Conversion Violates Human Rights and Becomes an International Problem

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Conference on human rights violations related to religious freedom held in Seoul, South Korea in light of rise in persecution of non-mainstream groups.

LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On 19 November The Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) based in Turin, Italy and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) based in Brussels, Belgium hosted a conference on human rights titled, “Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem.”

This seminar was held in Seoul, South Korea and sought to help protect the rights of religious minorities targeted by majority groups, particularly in the context of anti-human rights situations such as forced conversion that occurs in Korea.

Forced conversion, also known as “Deprogramming,” is a social issue that violates human rights. Often members of religious groups labeled as “cults” are kidnapped and detaining by their opponents to compel more hem to abandon their faith.

At the conference than 80 participants reviewed the current situation of forced conversion and discussed solutions on how to defend the freedom of religion and human rights of targets of coercive conversion. Participants included legal experts, journalists, and representatives of civil society organizations.

Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR noted forced conversion is conducted through the mainstream by saying, “Korean deprogrammers are specialized pastors from the mainline churches, most of them Presbyterian."

According to the 2018 US State Department report by the Office of International Religious Freedom, Section III. Status of Societal Respect for Religious Freedom in South Korea, “In January, following reports that parents killed their daughter while attempting to force her to convert from what the parents viewed as a cult to their own Christian denomination, 120,000 citizens gathered in Seoul and elsewhere to protest against coercive conversion, reportedly conducted by some Christian pastors.  The protesters criticized the government and churches for remaining silent on the issue and demanded action.

In regard to the multi-dimensional strategy to solve such phenomenon, Willy Fautré, Founder and Director of HRWF stated several suggestions; pointing at the responsibility of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church which tolerates, endorses, and maybe encourages such a practice; developing advocacy at the UN and in organizations defending freedom of religion; prosecuting those who encourage people to perpetrate an act of abduction and confinement.

On 24 July a letter to  the South Korean President, Moon Jae, was presented. It stated “South Korea may well be the last democratic country in the world where deprogramming is still tolerated.” It also urged the President to “investigate in-depth accusations of forcible deprogramming, put a stop to this atrocious practice, and hold those responsible fully accountable.” It was signed by representatives of 15 international NGOs including CAP-LC and HRWF.

South Korea was elected to serve a 5th term on the United Nations Human Rights Council on 17 October 2019. The South Korean mission to the UN stated it plans to “participate in the international efforts to respond to human rights crises around the world.” Participants of the conference urge the Korean government to respond to the issue of human rights violations associated with forced conversion affecting their own people domestically before attempting to solve issues abroad.

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The Magic of Christmas at the UK Scientology Headquarters

The launch of the holiday season at the Scientology spiritual headquarters in the UK

The launch of the holiday season at the Scientology spiritual headquarters in the UK

Fun on ice at the Saint Hill holiday ice rink

Fun on ice at the Saint Hill holiday ice rink

Santa arrived in his grotto and welcomes the town’s children for a chat.

Santa arrived in his grotto and welcomes the town’s children for a chat.

What could be more fun than roasted marshmallows?

What could be more fun than roasted marshmallows?

Plenty of rides for the children

Plenty of rides for the children

The Church of Scientology launches a month of community activities at Saint Hill, home of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in the UK

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 2, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Santa is back. He arrived from the North Pole early this year and reestablished his residence at the grotto at Saint Hill, where a long line of children could not wait to welcome him back to the Church of Scientology spiritual headquarters in the UK.

More than a thousand gathered for the lighting of the Christmas lights, officially launching the festivities. When East Gindstead Town Councillor Dick Sweatman flicked the switch, it also marked the official opening of the ice rink, which has been filled with skaters ever since.

On the south side of the Saint Hill Manor grounds, children raced to be the first to the teacup and other funfair rides. There were also roasted chestnuts, donuts and crêpes, and more than 2,000 marshmallows were roasted and devoured in the course of the evening.

The Saint Hill Great Hall was packed for a community variety show that featured a local choir, a dance troupe, and skits.

The winter festival is open to the public throughout the month of December and into the new year.

Saint Hill Manor is the historic home of L. Ron Hubbard. It served as the international headquarters for the religion in the 1960s. For more information watch Inside Scientology: Saint Hill on the Scientology Network.

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Volunteers Clean Up Hollywood for the 2019 Christmas Parade

The Hollywood Village initiative cleaned up Hollywood Boulevard for the annual Christmas Parade.

The Hollywood Village initiative cleaned up Hollywood Boulevard for the annual Christmas Parade.

Volunteers young and old joined in the effort to make the parade route perfect.

Volunteers young and old joined in the effort to make the parade route perfect.

Happy Cash for Trash participants with their new blankets and Christmas-colored bags of hygiene supplies and toiletries.

Happy Cash for Trash participants with their new blankets and Christmas-colored bags of hygiene supplies and toiletries.

The L.A. Police Department recognized the volunteers with a Certificate of Appreciation for their work.

The L.A. Police Department recognized the volunteers with a Certificate of Appreciation for their work.

The City of Los Angeles also recognized the work of Hollywood Village.

The City of Los Angeles also recognized the work of Hollywood Village.

The city and LAPD present Hollywood Village with proclamations in appreciation of the group’s year-round campaign to keep Hollywood beautiful, safe and clean.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — More than a hundred volunteers took to the streets November 30 for a community cleanup in preparation for the 88th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. They took on the entire parade route—up and down Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards—leaving them spotless. Volunteers were recognized with certificates of appreciation from the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles.

This Saturday’s cleanup was a special addition to the Hollywood Village monthly initiative that brings the community together to clean up Hollywood and help the homeless. In addition to hauling away trash and safely disposing of contaminated drug paraphernalia, volunteers hand out copies of the common-sense precepts of The Way to Happiness to help those down on their luck rebuild their lives. These neighborhood cleanups usually take place on the third Saturday of every month. This Saturday’s was a special one just for the parade.

Helping with this month’s collection of more than 5,000 pounds of trash were 41 homeless who participated in the monthly Cash for Trash initiative. The program was launched during the September 2019 Hollywood Village cleanup by a local entrepreneur. Homeless people are invited to join the action by collecting trash and bringing it to four weigh stations where they are paid for their work in cash. To add to the holiday spirit, Hollywood Village organized a special lunch for those participating in Cash for Trash this month, thanks to the generous help of local businesses. There were sandwiches provided by Sysco Foods, Which Witch Superior Sandwiches and MacDonalds. The Roman Catholic Monastery of the Angels cloistered convent for women baked spectacular pumpkin cakes for dessert. It was all topped off by all-you-can-drink coffee from Starbucks. Each Cash for Trash participant also received a special gift of blankets, hygiene supplies and toiletries thanks to Rite Aid, Home Depot, Foundation for a Drug-Free World and The Way to Happiness Foundation.

The program was initiated and organized by the Church of Scientology in coordination with The Way to Happiness Foundation and the LAPD with the support and partnership of many community organizations and local businesses and schools and the participation of people of all faiths, ideologies, political preferences and backgrounds, working together to uplift the neighborhood and carrying out their motto of keeping Hollywood beautiful, safe and clean.

Special thanks go to Hollywood Village partners and supporters, who make the monthly cleanup a successful, expanding initiative: Lloyd Princeton at Design Management Company, Al-Wazir Chicken in Hollywood, Snacknation, La Poubelle Bistro in Franklin Village, Renaissance Restaurant, Dre’s BBQ, Kettle Glazed Donuts, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Hollywood, Tang’s Donuts, Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers, Beacon of Hope Los Angeles, Tailwaggers, Garbograbbers, Home Depot, Southern California NFL Alumni, Shelter 37, Republican National Hispanics of California, L.A. Department of Sanitation, Boy Scouts of America Troop 8, Cub Scouts of America Troop 88, and the LAPD Hollywood Division.

Anyone wishing to take part in the Hollywood Village Christmas Cleanup is invited to join the team on Saturday, December 21, at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre, 5930 Bronson Avenue at 9 a.m

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Forced Religious Conversion Becomes an International Human Rights Problem

Panelists gave a presentation regarding the forced conversion that violates human rights

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA , December 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On 19 November, the Italian Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) and the Belgien Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) hosted a seminar on human rights entitled “Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem” in Seoul, South Korea..

The seminar was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities with a special focus on forced conversion cases in Korea. Forced conversion, also known as “deprogramming”, is a violation of human rights. Proponents of forced conversion kidnap and detain members of religious groups labeled as “cults” in an effort to compel them to abandon their faith.

More than 80 participants including legal experts, journalists, and civil society representatives reviewed the current situation of forced conversion and discussed solutions to defend the freedom of faith and human rights that have become the norm of the international community.

Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR as well as an Italian sociologist, stressed how, “Korean deprogrammers are specialized pastors from mainstream churches, most of them Presbyterian. The protests that commemorate the victims from forced conversion were mentioned in the 2019 U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedom. The report cited examples of how forced conversions violated religious freedom in 2018. However, there were new cases of deprogramming even after their death," he criticized.

Regarding the multi-dimensional strategy to solve such phenomenon, Willy Fautré, Founder and Director of HRWF stated several suggestions; pointing at the responsibility of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church which tolerates, endorses, and maybe encourages such a practice; developing advocacy at the United Nations and in organizations defending freedom of religion or belief; prosecuting those who encourage people to perpetrate an act of abduction and confinement.

In an open letter, signed by 15 international NGOs including CAP-LC and HRWF, to the South Korean President Moon Jae In on July 24th, it said, “South Korea may well be the last democratic country in the world where deprogramming is still tolerated” and asked the President to “investigate in-depth accusations of forcible deprogramming, put a stop to this obnoxious practice, and hold those responsible fully accountable.”

As an elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, South Korea vowed “to participate in international efforts to respond to human rights crises around the world.” Seminar participants urged the Korean government to respond to the issue of forced conversion which is still threatening the human rights of its people.

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Expanding the Drug-Free World Campaign in Kansas City

A drug prevention open house and seminar last week featured a firefighter and former police officer

A drug prevention open house and seminar last week featured a firefighter and former police officer

Those attending found the presentation fascinating and several wanted to learn to deliver drug education.

Those attending found the presentation fascinating and several wanted to learn to deliver drug education.

After the event, those attending exchanged ideas and thanked the speaker for coming to brief them on the situation.

After the event, those attending exchanged ideas and thanked the speaker for coming to brief them on the situation.

Drug education training offered by the Church of Scientology Kansas City

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Anyone wishing to take action on the drug problem affecting Kansas City is invited to attend a Drug-Free World training session at the Church of Scientology on Saturday, November 30, at 18th and Grand Blvd in Kansas City, Missouri. Those interested in attending should call the Church at (816) 753-6590 for times and directions.

The training was organized based on the success of last week’s drug prevention open house and seminar at the Church, which focused on The Truth About Drugs, the interactive program of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.

“We held this open house to raise awareness about the need for action,” said Church Public Affairs Director Bennette Seaman.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), every dollar spent on effective school-based drug education and prevention programs could save $18. And that is not even factoring in the toll drugs take on the lives of abusers and their families.

The program last weekend featured a firefighter and former police officer who shared real-life stories about drug abuse. Those attending were engaged by the presentation and asked questions.

The Truth About Drugs program is one of the humanitarian initiatives the Church of Scientology supports.

“The program is set up to provide the facts because when people learn the truth about drugs, they can make their own self-determined decision to live drug-free,” said Seaman.

The Truth About Drugs materials and training on how to successfully use them is available at the Church of Scientology of Kansas City, at their new location, 1805 Grand Blvd, in Kansas City, Mo. Anyone wishing to learn more is invited to visit the Public Information Center in the Church lobby, which is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support Foundation for a Drug-Free World and make these materials available free of charge to anyone wishing to use them to handle the drug-abuse epidemic. After extensive social research, author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard called drugs “the single most destructive element present in our current culture.”

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Scientology Information Center Delivers Talk on Scientology and tour of the Fort Harrison to Local College Students

Ms. Amber Skjelset, Scientology Information Center Manager delivering a presentation to students from St. Pete College religion and philosophy classes on Saturday, November 23rd. The Scientology Information Center hosts regular events and receptions for

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, November 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Saturday November 23rd, students and guests from a religious studies class at St. Pete College’s Clearwater Campus visited the Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater for a talk about Scientology and tour of the Fort Harrison. Their purpose was to learn more about Scientology, the world’s youngest major religion of the 20th Century.

Ms. Amber Skjelset, the manager of the Center, welcomed the guests, and provided a description of the basic principles of Scientology. This included viewing an episode from the Scientology TV Network called, “My Philosphy,” giving insight into the founding of Scientology by L. Ron Hubbard.

After lunch, the students attended the Fort Harrison’s monthly historic tour. There they learned that: the iconic building was built during Clearwater’s land boom in the 1920s; visited the “palatial” 11th floor Penthouse where the Rolling Stones once stayed in 1965; and learned how the Fort Harrison was Pinellas County’s first skyscraper.

In addition to visiting the Fort Harrison’s well-appointed spaces, guests learned how Church partners with local non-profits providing support to their causes by sponsoring their events. This assists registered 501c3s to retain 100% of the funds they raise to further their charitable causes.

One guest and long-term resident said after the experience,
“I’ve lived in Clearwater since the ‘70s and I learned a lot of things today that I didn’t know about the Church. I enjoyed finding out the commonality of all religions – which the professor had us keep in mind during the presentation. I am really glad I came and got to see inside the Fort Harrison. I saw it in the ‘70s it’s nice to see it again. I can't wait to go back and tell everyone about this.”

The Scientology Information Center is open daily from 10am-10pm for self-guided tours. Group presentations and similar tours for the community can be scheduled at the Center by contacting the Manager, Ms. Amber Skjelset, at 727-467-6966 or e-mail her at amber@cos.flag.org.
The Info Center consistently applies, “Respect the religious beliefs of others,” from L. Ron Hubbard’s The Way to Happiness, a non-religious, common-sense moral code when inviting all to visit the Center.

THE SCIENTOLOGY INFORMATION CENTER:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the century-old Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

THE FORT HARRISON:

The Fort Harrison serves as the international religious retreat for the Church of Scientology. With more than 11,000 Scientology Churches, Missions and groups spanning six continents, Scientologists come to Clearwater from all over the world for religious training and ministerial services. The Fort Harrison is made available to community groups and charities for their special events and fundraisers. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy based on the work of L. Ron Hubbard.

For more information on Scientology, visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at appleTV, fireTV and ROKU

Photo Caption: Ms. Amber Skjelset, Scientology Information Center Manager delivering a presentation to students from St. Pete College religion and philosophy classes on Saturday, November 23rd.
The Scientology Information Center hosts regular events and receptions for members of the community. The center is open daily from 10am-10pm and requires no appointment to visit

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Tackling the Challenges of Foster Families Together

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, November 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — As a member of the Tampa Bay Charity Coalition, for her dedicated volunteer hours given to foster parents and children in Pinellas County, she was awarded alongside fellow Charity Coalition members at the 5th Annual Charity Coalition Anniversary in the Fort Harrison auditorium.

Established by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization in 2014, the Charity Coalition has grown to over 200 members of nonprofits across the Tampa Bay area.

“It was great to stand up there with people who are all there with the same purpose,” says Starling, “to make the world a better place.” Two of her sons were also awarded, alongside other children who volunteered in their spare time, as Certified Smile Makers.

“What foster children go through, no one should have to go through,” says Dora Starling, president and former board member of the Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (PCFAPA), who describes foster children as unique compared to other youth.

“They get the brunt of the bad choices made by their parents. Imagine if someone came into your home, took you away from your family and put you with a bunch of strangers. They don’t realize that they’re being kept safe.”

Founded in 1974, PCFAPA is a nonprofit organization started by a group of foster parents who wanted to help support other foster parents. According to Starling there are 142 foster families that are members of PCFAPA.

PCFAPA’s mission is to provide quality training, support and activities for member foster and adoptive families and to provide parents with the necessary resources to deal with the many challenges they face in raising the future of the community.

Being a foster parent of six children herself, adopted five, Starling knows the challenges firsthand. She says that one of the most common challenges today is time. “It’s our enemy,” says Starling. “These kids need so much more of it,” between undiagnosed medical conditions and then taking them to school “and spending extra time in school with them.

“Then there are our resources. If anyone says that foster parents do it for the money, they’re wrong. We get minimal amounts for each kid and I know foster parents that end up buying a three to four bedroom home,” just to make room for the kids they already have. “Foster children deserve people that will pour their hearts out into them.”

To help PCFAPA with their purpose of providing different activities to alleviate foster parents of different challenges in raising their child, the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) has hosted several events for foster families.

For 27 years, CCV has been putting on events for the Clearwater community for all families and children to enjoy and as a way to come together. “CCV exists to help children and provide hope for their future,” says Pam Ryan Anderson, president of CCV. “So when we found out about the Back to School Bash for foster children, we knew what we had to do¬¬––we voted unanimously to buy the backpacks and hundreds of notebooks. It’s out hope that every child has the basics that they need to help them get a good education.”

All 240 backpacks were filled with supplies and distributed to children in the Osceola Courtyard which had a wide variety of endless entertainment: live music, face painting, a carousel and a bouncy house.

Another special event was PCFAPA’s annual baby shower in July, which was hosted in the CCV Center on Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street. Foster families got to exchange gifts of diapers, clothing and baby formula and kids painted window ornaments for their parents.

“We had so many of our foster parents there,” says Starling. “It was nice to have a day with your family and relax and to be around people you know genuinely care.”

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