Thursday Photo – Earthquake Survivor and Donations

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I am Thankful that survivors are being found and pulled from all the rubble. 

I am Thankful that donations and Relief efforts are coming in from all around the world.  

Gladys Loiuis Jeune is pulled alive from the rubble of her home in Port-au-Prince nearly,

43 hours after Tuesday’s earthquake, where she was greeted by her ecstatic daughter Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.  (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Patrick Farrell


OC Girl Donates Graduation Gifts to Strangers

This is what the world needs more of…

3 recent college graduates, 2 local to Orange County, have headed on the road trip of their lives. One country to cross, one car to sleep in, and their own graduation money to donate.

In an interview with the Dana Point Times, Rebecca Marshburn explained her philosophy regarding donating her graduation gifts. “It was a gift to me, it should be a gift to someone else,” she said. “It’s not mine to keep. I have what I need.” She added, “I wanted to have a bigger purpose, I wanted to make other people smile.”

Rebecca Marshburn, Alex Reames, and Kevin Leda have been traveling from East to West to spread happiness to those in need. The three will be giving away money to help those in need and performing random acts of kindness across the United Staes. They donate time, money, and compassion to various causes from orphanages to the homeless.

Their first act was in Allston, Massachusetts providing 2 Honduran children from an underprivelged family YMCA scholarships. This allowed the young girls to be with their friends and sharpen their English skills over the summer.

The road trippers have given stranded motorists lifts and free tanks of gas, donated food gift certificates to domestic violence victims, and have had many establishments donate to their cause. What an amazing thing to do for such young people. Please check out this great cause!

Follow their journey via their blog

If you would like to donate or get involved contact Rebecca Marshburn at

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors  

(949) 753-7900

Top 10 Charity Websites

Giving to Charity can be done in many different ways, all of which are generous and compassionate. The recent economic situation has left people with less time and money to donate. But, thanks to the internet we now have new ways to give back.

Below is a list, from, of 10 charity websites you can visit and give back without spending any money yourself. After you finish blogging and commenting, why not take an extra 10 minutes doing something for someone else…

10. Race to Stop Violence Against Women

Violence against women in cultures throughout the world seems to be an ever-growing problem. The website provides a button that you click that donates money so that women are able to write and send letters, explaining their abuse and situation in hopes for the problem to come to the forefront. Visit the site.

 9. Race for the Oceans

Our oceans are slowly depleting, leaving marine life in plenty of danger. With a few clicks you generate money that is given towards saving our oceans. The website donates money towards saving marine life and hoping to turn the health of our oceans back around. Visit the site.

8. Free Flour

Flour seems like something that isn’t so important, but in today’s world, many countries are in need of it, as homeless and less fortunate people use it to make common foods like bread. The website offers a trivia game where each correct answer supplies a spoonful of flour. With 100 spoonfuls, you donate enough flour to make an entire loaf of bread. Visit the site.

7. Prevent Breast Cancer

In recent months, breast cancer awareness has almost become a fad, with pink becoming the new black. With this website, a few clicks help to raise money for Breast Cancer Fund, in order to supply money for cancer research, testing, and outreach programs around the world. Visit the site.

6. The Rainforest Site

The rainforest has long been a problem for many countries around the world. Rainforests are being cut down and more and more exotic animals are losing their habitat and becoming extinct. By just clicking the button, you are able to protect acres of rainforest land by donating money to the Rainforest Conservation Fund and other foundations that protect rainforest land. Visit the site.

5. Trivia for Charity

This website allows you to pick a charity in which you’d like to donate money to. The website is relatively new, but allows you to donate to homeless animals, cancer research, or homes for those in needs. The website offers a trivia game and each correct answer totals more money towards your chosen charity. Visit the site.

4. The Animal Rescue Site

If you’re one that loves animals and would love to give back, the Animal Rescue Site is a great way to donate a little bit of your time. A few clicks go a long way on the website. Each click donates food that is given to animal shelters and clinics around the world in order to provide for homeless animals. Visit the site.

You can also try Free Kibble which is a trivia game that provides food for homeless animals.

3. The Hunger Site

World hunger has been something that countries have been trying to end for decades. Sadly, numbers for those having to deal with hunger and starvation haven’t decreased much. With the Hunger Site, you easily click a button that donates food to those in need. Since its establishment, the website has been able to donate over 657 million cups of food throughout the world. Visit the site.

2. Free Poverty

Have you ever wanted to learn your world geography while still being able to give back to the needy? Free Poverty allows just that. The website is a geographical game that anyone can play. No matter if you get the answer right or not, you are still able to donate a cup of water. If you do get an answer correct, you donate 10 cups of water. The website donates clean water to locations where fresh water is scarce or not available at all. Visit the site.

Help Thirst is a website very similar to Free Poverty that also donates cups of water. It involves memorizing numbers.

1. Free Rice

Free rice is the first charity website that I came across today. The website provides a game for users to play. You can choose between many different types of games. But while you’re having fun and maybe even learning a few things, for each answer you get correct, you’re also donating grains of rice to poor countries. In May 2009 alone, Free Rice was able to donate 1,403,545,670 grains of rice. Visit the site.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                    2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors  

(949) 753-7900