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Popular product helps Encinitas couple raise funds for neglected and abused kids

Posted at 8:14 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 13:06:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The names Linda and Charles Van Kessler might have sounded new, but their efforts were anything but.

"I started the charity in 1978 and I had to work very hard through jobs when I came here to California," Charles Van Kessler said.

Charles was an orphan at a young age in Europe when he arrived to the states and met his wife, Linda.

"I just felt I needed to do something and it's been phenomenal since," Charles described. "We want to help children that don't have it as easy and are bearing burdens that are too much for their age."

That's when the couple created Passion4Kids, a non-profit that helped handicapped, abused and neglected children.

"We bring toys we bring games we pray with them, we play with them. We do just a lot of stuff to make these kids happier."

They felt the effects of COVID-19 like many other organizations. Linda scrolled the web one day when she saw her friend created and started selling Sanitizer Bracelets and immediately a light bulb went off.

"I thought that'd be a great fundraiser for passion for kids and that's how it all started," said Linda.

After the initial cost, everything else went to their charity.

"We're helping keep people safe at this time and doing whatever we can to help, and at the same time they're helping a child in need in the US."

They continued to link up with organizations near and far to help their kids, who were especially vulnerable at the time.

"Many of the children we work with have very compromised immune systems you know through accidents or illness or whatever so they don't really see anybody."

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