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Newsletter - December 2023


OCCTAC Staff and Team Holiday Photo

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Warmest wishes to you this holiday season from all of us at OCCTAC! We express our sincere thanks to your support, enthusiasm, and dedication to our mission. The impact you've made on our students and programs is immeasurable. May the season envelop you in warmth and joy, surrounded by loved ones. Thank you for being an integral part of the OCCTAC family.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, OCCTAC Board of Directors and OCCTAC Staff.


Giving Tuesday Leader Board

2023 Giving Tuesday

We surpassed our goal, raising an incredible $51,436!

Your generosity has far exceeded our expectations, and we want to express our deepest appreciation to each and every one of you who contributed to this campaign. These funds will play a pivotal role in sustaining and expanding our programs, ensuring that we can continue making a positive impact on the lives of our students and the community.


For those who wish to contribute or may have missed the chance to participate in Giving Tuesday, it's never too late! As we near the end of the year, we encourage you to contemplate giving an End-of-Year Gift to further support our mission and programs.




Photos from Holiday Party Event

Spreading Joy: 3rd Annual Boxes of Love

A heartfelt thank you to Friends Church of Yorba Linda and Jon Egger, Director of Missions and Global Outreach, for making our 3rd Annual Boxes of Love a holiday magic success! Their generous donation of brand-new toys allowed us to host a heartwarming celebration on December 15 for OCCTAC students. Witnessing the joy on families' faces was truly beautiful. Thank you, Friends Church, for spreading joy and love in our community during this special season!


 

Celebrating the Creativity of Our Special Needs Students this Holiday Season!


Nathan Sotelo Mixed Media Painting

Top: Nathan Sotelo, 8 years old


At OCCTAC, we are delighted to showcase the incredible holiday artwork crafted by our talented and unique special needs students. Each piece is a testament to their creativity, resilience, and the joy they bring to our community.


Alex Mateo Painting

From festive paintings to handcraft cards, their creations illuminate the spirit of the season and remind us of the boundless possibilities that art offers for expression and connection.

We invite you to explore and appreciate the beautiful holiday art by our special needs students. Their work is a true inspiration, and we are grateful to witness the magic they bring to our creative community.


Left: Alex Mateo, 17 years old


Bottom: Maya McDowell, 20 years old


Maya McDowell Holiday Card

Ways to Help OCCTAC

Your contributions help us provide valuable programs to our students and families. You can donate cash, visual arts supplies, musical instruments, or office supplies. You can also support us through Amazon Smile.





The Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) 501(c) (3) – Tax ID # 33-0930891

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