The goals of the Good In Deed® community are very simple. We strive to reach out and lend a helping hand to those in need. Opportunities arise almost daily, and as part of the Good In Deed® community, you are given the chance to be an agent for change. Through drives and fundraisers to random acts of kindness, we always make sure to do our part in making the world a better place to live. Not only for those in need but for the next generation. By setting examples every day, we as citizens in the Good In Deed® community are helping to ensure kindness and empathy prevail. It’s important for members of our community to see what all their hard work has done, and what type of difference they make every day.
Through testimonials and goals achieved through our Good In Deed® drives, you can see how good deeds made a difference.
Kelly Smith Parker
Founder – Good In Deed®
Good In Deed® Event: Bunco & Coats / February 2015
Drive Goal: Collect as many coats as possible to donate to One Warm Coat
Good In Deed® Drive Outcome: Over 120 coats donated
Good In Deed® Event: BINGO! / March 2015
Drive Goal: Collect donations for Anaheim White House Hotel Children.
Drive Outcome: Over $200 raised
Good In Deed® Event: School Supply Drive / June 2015
Goal: Collect school supplies of all kinds to donate to South County Outreach
Drive Outcome: Over $500 worth of School Supplies
Good In Deed® Event: Thanksgiving Drive / Fall 2015
Drive Goal: Collect donations to underwrite turkeys.
Drive Outcome: Over 70 turkeys underwritten to provide Thanksgiving meals
MotelChurch is an all-volunteer organization that plants churches in rundown weekly motels to bring hope to the people living there. Every weekend people living in those motels come to the parking lot where MotelChurch volunteers provide a warm breakfast, encouragement and friendship. We first heard about Good In Deed from one of our volunteers who was familiar with their work. After a few emails with Kelly and Amy it was obvious that they and the Good In Deed organization were pretty amazing. We asked for their help in producing our annual Thanksgiving brunch, which brings a wonderful Thanksgiving feast to people living in motels around Southern California. Our goal was 70 turkeys, which would allow us to serve all of the motels where we served. Good In Deed graciously sent out a wonderful email to their donors and within a week or two we were blown away – they had hit the goal. When we received the checks we could only marvel at the gift they were providing to the homeless and working poor people struggling to survive in small motel rooms. Having a regular meal on any day is a blessing for so many people. But, getting a full-blown Thanksgiving meal with roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and even pumpkin pie – well, for many people they suddenly felt like they were no longer stranded in a motel with strangers, they were home among family. Thanks to Kelly, Amy, Good In Deed, and their many donors who gave so selflessly so that the less fortunate among us could have a great Thanksgiving! You are living examples that we are not supposed to just say that we care about others, we are supposed to do something about it.
Good In Deed® Event: Project Hope Alliance Holiday Drive / December 2015
Drive Goal: Underwrite gifts for children
Drive Outcome: Over $1,500 for underwriting Christmas gifts
Testimonials: Project Hope Alliance is ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time, right here in Orange County. Kelly contacted us in August of 2015 to ask how she could help. At the time we were launching a new pilot program for our kids called Bright Start, and were in need of art supplies for 19 of our volunteer mentors to use in mentoring our children. Her response was, “Would you accept a check to go towards these needs?” and “When would you like it?” This response was amazing for me to hear! Then in November, she contacted us again to inquire what kind of funding we might need for our holiday events. We throw a Cookies with Santa party for the families we serve where Santa comes to read a story and pass out gifts for each child. Kelly not only provided the funding for all of the gifts, she surpassed the goal. At every turn, Kelly has been able to meet our needs with an enthusiasm and dedication of which every non-profit dreams. She has quickly become an ardent supporter of Project Hope Alliance and continues to further our mission through her hard work.
Project Hope Alliance is ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time, right here in Orange County. Kelly contacted us in August of 2015 to ask how she could help. At the time we were launching a new pilot program for our kids called Bright Start, and were in need of art supplies for 19 of our volunteer mentors to use in mentoring our children. Her response was, “Would you accept a check to go towards these needs?” and “When would you like it?” This response was amazing for me to hear! Then in November, she contacted us again to inquire what kind of funding we might need for our holiday events. We throw a Cookies with Santa party for the families we serve where Santa comes to read a story and pass out gifts for each child. Kelly not only provided the funding for all of the gifts, she surpassed the goal. At every turn, Kelly has been able to meet our needs with an enthusiasm and dedication of which every non-profit dreams. She has quickly become an ardent supporter of Project Hope Alliance and continues to further our mission through her hard work.
Good In Deed® Event: One Warm Coat Drive/ February 2016
Drive Goal: Collect 500 coats for the One Warm Coat Foundation
Drive Outcome: 669 coats collected and donated
“For more than 20 years, One Warm Coat has been working to provide a warm coat to anyone who needs one. We are so thankful for our many supporters, like everyone at Good in Deed who volunteered their time, resources and energy to help warm their neighbors in need. Together, we can reach our goal of warming one million people each winter, one community at a time – thank you for your support!” commented Jennifer Stockard, President and Chief Executive Officer of One Warm Coat.
Good In Deed® Event: Pick Up Please VVA Clothing Drive / March – April 2016
Drive Goal: Collect 50 bags of clothing for our vets
Drive Outcome: 110 FULL bags collected and donated
“Thank you so much for your response, Kelly. We appreciate the support of everyone involved! Thanks for supporting veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America. Your donations will improve the lives of veterans – Past, Present & Future!” commented Shaina, VVA Donor Services Team
Good In Deed® Event: Food Pantry Drive / May 2016
Drive Goal: Collect as much food as possible to donate to the local food pantry.
Drive Outcome: Over 250 pounds of food donated; $150 donated towards purchasing food.
“Working with Kelly and Good In Deed® was awesome! Kelly reached out to us and offered to do a community food drive to help raise donations for our food pantry. All we had to do was let her know our needs and she did the rest!
Over the course of a month, her efforts raised over 250 pounds of food as well as $150 in cash for the purchase of more food! These donations were instrumental in our service to over 900 families in June through our pantry. Every can of food counts because it represents the hand that receives it. Good In Deed® has proven that ONE small good deed, such as a donated can of food, when performed by many, will cause a tidal wave of MUCH good, indeed.
Thank you, Good In Deed®!”- Tessa Owens ( Saddleback Church Food Pantry)
Good In Deed® Event: Book Drive/ July-August 2016
Drive Goal: Collect as many books as possible via donation to pass onto the Ladera Ranch Library.
Drive Outcome: 2,300 books received!
The mission of Friends of the Ladera Ranch Library is to maintain an association of persons interested in books and libraries; to focus attention on library services, facilities, and needs; and to encourage donations and gifts of books. It is this donation of books that supplies our gently used bookstore within the library. It is the monies collected at this bookstore that is used exclusively for the library and the many projects the library undertakes that are not funded by the Orange County Public Library System. Our largest project being the Summer Reading Program.
When Kelly contacted us and wanted Good In Deed® to hold a book drive, we had no idea how amazingly our community would respond! We now have an additional 2300 books to sell in our bookstore! Not only does that support our mission to help fund programs but the books now available to our community keeps our children reading!
We cannot thank Good In Deed® and all its supporters enough for their book donations!
Good In Deed® Event: Crayon Drive & Dollar Drive/ September-October 2016
Drive Goal: Collect as many crayons to donate to The Crayon Initiative and donations for the Dollar Campaign
Drive Outcome: 50 Pounds of crayons and over $130
Good In Deed® Event: Toy Drive/ November 2016
Drive Goal: Collect toy donations for Toys For Troops
Drive Outcome: Over 70 toys
Good In Deed® Drive: Hope Pickup Clothing Drive/ January 2017
Drive Goal: Collect as many articles of clothing as possible or monetary donations
Drive Outcome: 270 bags of clothing and $100 of financial donations
Good In Deed® Drive: Second Impressions Drive/ June 2017
Drive Goal: Collect as many goods as possible to donate to second impressions
Drive Outcome: 85 bags filled of donations for Second Impressions
Good In Deed® Drive: Sports Equipment Drive/ August 2018
Drive Goal: Collect gently used sports equipment for youth sports leagues
Drive Outcome: The Good In Deed® community came through and here are the results! 40+ soccer/basketball/footballs, 30+ baseball bats, 20+ pairs of cleats, 10+ baseball mitts, 11 sports bags, 8 baseball bags, box of golf balls, 5+ baseball helmets, a kids golf set, 3 hockey sticks, 2 buckets softballs, 2 hula hoops, 1 big bag of various hats, miscellaneous sports clothes!
Good In Deed® Drive: Infant Through Teen Drive/ September 2018
Drive Goal: Collect gently used clothes for all seasons for children from infants to teens.
Drive Outcome: This Good In Deed® drive was one of the most open drives we have hosted. Instead of having guidelines of what to donate, we opened the possibilities to any type of clothes, shoes, jackets, and more. The only guideline was that the items needed to fit people between the age of infant to teen. We gathered a whopping 130 bags filled with donations. Way to make a difference Good In Deed® community!
Good In Deed® Drive: Winter Clothing Drive/January 2019
Drive Goal: Collect gently used or new winter clothing for all ages
Drive Outcome: The Good In Deed® community has done it again with the first drive of 2019! Together, we collected over 75 large bags of winter clothing to donate. The donations, once collected, made it’s way to the Illumination Foundation. The Illumination Foundation then made sure that the winter clothing made a difference and it is all thanks to the Good In Deed® community.