Creating a little of life’s magic in our community!


Our focus is on Los Angeles County where we serve the elderly, the homeless, children whose lives have been impacted adversely by HIV / AIDS, and children who are abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, runaways, learning-disabled, at-risk or disadvantaged.

 


Easter Basket Making Marathon

Happy-easter-greetings-cute-bunnies-eggs-animated-gif-1Please join O.I.F. for our Annual Easter Basket Making Marathon for at-risk, homeless, learning-disabled, orphaned, abused, runaways, and disadvantaged children + those adversely impacted By HIV / AIDS

Sunday March 29th, 2020 – 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Westchester Masonic Center
7726 West Manchester Ave.
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(West of Lincoln) – (Enter Parking Lot In Back)

What to Bring?
A Playful Spirit, Wrapped Candies, Stickers & Toys
OIF Bunnies Hippity-Hop To Fill Easter Hearts With Joy Non-Stop!!

Register here!


Reflections On The Passing of Linford “Chip” Dawson

by P.J. Schumacher, Executive Director

Today, I reflect on the passing of someone very dear to me, Linford “Chip” Dawson.

My history with the Dawson family goes back to 1993 when Louise was the bookkeeper and office manager at Mark The Carpetbagger.

She and I developed a close friendship and I then became involved with the entire family.

From the moment that I met Chip, I was touched by his easygoing and heartfelt humility, kindness and a desire to make a difference in the community.

Soon after meeting the family, myself and some others established a brand-new, “ground floor” charity, One Incredible Family Inc., from scratch ! We had no sponsoring body, no parent organization, no government grants.

The Dawson Family became deeply involved with our charity and Chip was very committed to the what we refer to as “Karma Yoga” …… The discipline of being “in service” and giving “of service” !

He provided logistical support to our events for 25 years particularly our annual “Homeless Feeding and Banner Creation” where we currently prepare 1,600 full Thanksgiving-style meals and 24 free-form, “From The Heart” banners and then deliver and serve to 24 different shelters throughout the County.

Chip was always there to “lend a hand” and transport the project supplies, etc.

He and the family also served the residents at various shelters throughout the years.

In addition, I also served as the family’s accountant and … early on … learned of an incentive program through the City of Culver City which allowed them to purchase their lovely home in 1995.

And, when the boys were in their late teens – back in 2009 – I sponsored / nominated them for the Tavis Smiley 100 Young Leaders of the Decade program and they were selected.

Chip and Louise beamed with pride at that celebratory banquet and I shared in that special honor for the whole family.

That’s the key here ….. Chip was MY family in the TRUEST sense of the word. FAMILY was key to him but not just his IMMEDIATE family, NO. He and I shared the same definition of FAMILY.

Chip Dawson was my “brother from another mother” and we both acknowledged that over 25 years of shared mutual gratitude, respect and admiration.

There were many “challenging times” – ups and downs – and we were there for each other. It was an honor to have them as guests at my Son and daughter-in-law’s Wedding in June, 2013.

As Peace Pilgrim would oft say, “He Has Made His Glorious Transition To A Freer Life.”

Rest Well, My Brother. YOU HAVE EARNED IT.

I leave you with these lyrics from the famous Diana Ross song which exemplifies who Chip was to me ……

Take a little time out of your busy day
To give encouragement
To someone who’s lost the way
(Just try)
Or would I be talking to a stone
If I asked you
To share a problem that’s not your own
We can change things if we start giving
Why don’t you

Reach out and touch
Somebody’s hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebody’s hand
Make this world a better place
If you can

If you see an old friend on the street
And he’s down
Remember his shoes could fit your feet
(Just try)
Try a little kindness you’ll see
It’s something that comes very naturally
We can change things if we start giving

Reach out and touch
Somebody’s hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebody’s hand
Make this world a better place
If you can