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Holiday Cheer Brought to Families Through Adopt-a-Missionary ‘Giving to a Giver’ Project

Bringing Holiday Cheer to Others Giving Overseas.  Loma Linda University Health employee Karen Westphal holds a package that she and her husband filled with Christmas goodies for their adopted missionary family.

Bringing Holiday Cheer to Others Giving Overseas. Loma Linda University Health employee Karen Westphal holds a package that she and her husband filled with Christmas goodies for their adopted missionary family.

LOMA LINDA, CA- This year, the second annual Adopt-a-Missionary Christmas project is connecting 15 missionary families with various groups and individuals in the Loma Linda community.  Christmas cheer is being spread throughout the world in the form of large flat-rate postal boxes.

The Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) Global Health Institute (GHI), in collaboration with Students for International Mission Service (SIMS), organized the project for the first time in 2013. The project received so much support that they decided to continue it this year.

The missionaries include LLUH alumni, global service awardees (GSAs), deferred mission appointees (DMAs), and Adventist Health International (AHI) long-term volunteers who are working overseas at LLUH strategic interest sites as dentists, hospital administrators, nurses, public health educators, and more.

Rainey Davis, a LLUH student, class of 2016, decided to sponsor one of the missionary families with the help of her own family back home in Washington state.  After serving as a student missionary, Davis reflected on the fact that it meant a lot to her knowing that people still cared about her even though she was far away.

“I just remember it was so nice to get something that reminded me of home,” Davis said.   “Even if I couldn’t use the gifts myself, I knew that I could give them to someone else in my village, and they would appreciate it.”

Angeli Yutuc, program manager of international service at GHI, coordinated the project and mentioned that this year, even more than last, the collaboration across campus has been inspiring. In addition to individual sponsors, LLUH departments and groups of students chose to adopt many of the mission families. When the boxes were filled, these sponsors were still asking how they could continue to give more.

Jackie Aitchison, an employee in Loma Linda University Health’s Risk Management unit, sponsored four boxes with her department and said the only complaint was that the boxes were too small.

“Several of us came to work and realized we had completely filled the boxes with presents for the children before we were even done shopping for the entire families,” Aitchison remarked.  “So we are actually sending an additional box to one of our sites.”

“It’s nice to see the campus come together and support our international projects and volunteers,” Yutuc shared.  “It gives them a little glimpse of the people serving abroad that our office is connected with on a daily basis.  It certainly helps our volunteers to feel valued and remembered during the holiday season when they are not necessarily able to be with family or go home for the holidays.”

To learn more about the project for next year, please visit lluglobal.com/adopt or contact Angeli Yutuc at 909-558-4876 or ayutuc@llu.edu.

Landry’s, Inc. Offers a Holiday Gift for Everyone

This holiday season, Landry’s, Inc. is offering a gift-giving solution wrapped with convenience and flexibility that is sure to please – the Landry’s Gift Card. Unlike traditional restaurant gift cards, the Landry’s Gift Card may be used at any Landry’s concept across the country from now through December 24, 2014, including Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s, Vic & Anthony’s, Chart House, La Griglia, Grotto, and many more.

Customers who purchase over $50 in Landry’s Gift Cards will receive Rewards Cards to use during their next visit. Cards are redeemable through May 2015 and may be purchased at any Landry’s restaurant or online at www.landrysinc.com.

Click here  to get your card!

Want to work in Entertainment?


Do you want to work in entertainment? Do you love and believe in the work of the indie artists out there? If so you may be a perfect fit for the LUE Productions team. They are currently hiring for the following positions: Coordinator of Special Events, Assistant Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Street Team Coordinator, Artist Development Manager, Manager of  Sales and Merchandise, and Promotion Manager.

There will be open interviews held on Monday, December 29 from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 114 S. Arrowhead in San Bernardino (92408). To lock in your interview, please send your resume over to Lue.info@yahoo.com.


Coordinator of Special Events

  • Planning must be able to negotiate pricing
  • Pre-selecting options to present to the client and maintaining budgets for the event.
  • Must provide outstanding customer service
  • Be an enthusiastic professional
  • Be able to build relationships with internal and external customers.

Assistant Coordinator of Special Events

  • Responsible for coordinating events, including planning menus, booking musicians, putting up decorations, ordering flowers, hiring bartenders, and ensuring the event runs smoothly.
  • Works directly under Coordinator of Special Events

Administrative Assistant

  • Provides office services by implementing administrative systems, procedures, and policies, and monitoring administrative projects.
  • Works directly under Administrative Supervisor

Street Team Coordinator

  • Ability to manage and schedule a team of volunteers
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to do job duties with minimal direct supervision
  • Excellent communication skills

Artist Development Manager

  • Works directly with LUE Productions artists
  • Provide classes for other upcoming artists to help develop, polish, and/or enhance their performance skills

Manager of Sales and Merchandise

  • Oversees the day to day sales and inventory of all LUE P apparel and merchandise as well as recruitment of clients for LUE Productions referral services

Promotion Manager

  • Oversees the day to day promotion on all social media sites, of all LUE Productions artists, events, and clients