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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Santa Claus chats with South Bay kids online, raises money to help victims of domestic violence

by Daniela Segura,

contributing writer

Everyone knows that on Christmas Eve the kids must fall asleep before Santa Claus climbs up the chimney with a sack full of presents.

But, according to the jolly old elf, there’s more to it.

“It’s not just that you have to sleep,” Santa Claus told kids watching a Facebook Live session in Redondo Beach this week. “You have to dream, just like in the story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’.”

And, it’s not until the sugar plants start dancing that Santa can deliver a gift.

“You have to have deep, deep dreams,” said Santa.

Santa, whose secret identity will not be revealed here, hosted a Facebook Live session from his workshop, which was adorned with a spinning Christmas tree and “Be Kind” on his bookshelf.

The virtual meet-and-greet was organized by for-profit media company Local Anchor as a fundraiser for the non-profit Speak Your Truth Today, which raises the voices of domestic violence victims. The event raised $2,439, money that will go to buy Christmas gifts and dinner for families over 40, said Hannah Hollander, executive director of Speak Your Truth Today.

Hollander said of the recently launched company, “It is truly amazing that Local Anchor has chosen us to be a partner, and recognizes how much this time of year is for the most vulnerable in our communities. be difficult.”

But the star of the chat was, of course, Santa himself.

He responded to anything and everything typed in by the kids in Facebook Live Chat.

His favorite food? Cookies, of course.

Does Mrs. Claus bake them? No. He said that she is a skilled woman with several doctoral degrees.

But most importantly, Santa told the children, to help people. And, he said, there are many organizations that do just that.

“He spread the spirit of generosity throughout the year,” Santa said.

The online Q-and-A fundraiser was an example of the acts of kindness the local anchor tries to bring to the community, said the company’s founder, Laura Stotland, a Redondo Beach resident.

Santa Claus Chats With South Bay Kids Online, Raises Money To Help Victims Of Domestic Violence
Laura Stotland is the founder of Local Anchor, a for-profit media company that grew from a South Bay parenting Facebook page with approximately 8,200 members. The local anchor was selected as one of 131 Facebook Community Accelerator Program recipients globally from over 13,000 applicants. (Courtesy of Laura Stotland)

Local Anchor actually started as a parenting group on Facebook known as South Bay Mommies & Daddies.

“Dan has always been part of my core,” Stotland said. “It’s funny because people say we’re not your typical mom group. We’re a community group that happens to be parents.”

Stotland, a mother of two, started a Facebook group in 2014 to ask “motherly questions” to others. From there, she began listing community events and sharing resources.

Eventually, Stotland launched a website.

South Bay Mommies & Daddies became one of the largest parenting groups in the region on Facebook.

The group, now with a new nickname, South Bay Parents – A Local Anchor Community, has approximately 8,200 members.

Carey Catapano, a mother of two who moved to Redondo Beach last year, said another mom told her that parenting groups were the only resources she would need.

“She wasn’t kidding,” Catapano said.

“I can get referrals, recommendations, advice, event information and so much more,” she said, “without drama — what anyone can tell you on social media is rare.”

Stotland attributes the group’s success to its welcoming nature. While opinions are welcome, Stotland said, as soon as a commentator is unkind, they go uninvited.

And that’s because parenting is tough enough, Stotland said.

“We are against a lot of things,” she said. “We have to find a middle ground. We don’t always have to agree, but we don’t have to be mean.”

Stotland had her “aha” moment in 2017 when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana.

The marketer and event planner said she saw members asking what they could do to help. They don’t know how, she said.

So, Stotland said, he started putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

To aid hurricane victims that year, Stotland coordinated a charity campaign at The Point in El Segundo. South Bay Mommies and Daddies loaded a truck with essentials and drove it into Operation Gratitude in Chatsworth, where the items were sorted and taken to a military base in Texas.

And there have been other fundraisers.

In December 2020, the group raised $15,000 from a crowdfunding program to buy more than 1,000 meals for health care workers from local eateries.

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