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planting the seeds of philanthropy in Long Beach, CA
Two days after bringing my son home from Long Beach Miller Children's Hospital, he was admitted to the NICU for jaundice. He was so red from his jaundice that I nicknamed him "Little Tomato" in an attempt to deflect the pain and helplessness I felt. The security guard overheard and started printing #littletomato on all of our NICU guest passes, and so his nickname was born.
He only spent 24 hours in the NICU, but during his short stay, we got to witness an amazing team of medical personnel at work. We also met families that were enduring much longer stays and with complications and uneasy futures. My heart broke watching families and siblings hold teeny tiny babies. I found solace in the way that nurses and doctors embraced patients and their
families. I knew that someday, I wanted to give back to the staff that was so kind to us during our time there. I wanted to help provide support for families with children receiving treatment at Miller Children's Hospital.
Over the years, I've helped many students apply to college. I've helped compile resumes, written letters of recommendation, and made suggestions for volunteer opportunities. One weakness that I see over and over again is a lack of consistent, meaningful, and local community involvement. As such, the idea of sponsoring a youth philanthropic group came to fruition in 2016.
The Little Tomato Seed Co. is a group of hand-picked, Long Beach students in grades 8-12 that organize and host fundraisers that benefit the Long Beach Memorial Miller Children's Hospital. To see what events we have coming up, please follow our Instagram page @littletomatoseedco and help support this dynamic group of philanthropists.
We are working on our next fundraising event. To be the first to find out when our next event is, please find us on Instagram @littletomatoseedco or follow our Kids Under Construction Facebook page!