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Andre
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Languages: 
French
English
Spanish
February, 1955
Bio: 
When I was 11, I was sick from school off and on for several months, so I had a lot of time on my hands. One day, my mother and oldest sister, who have both managed food banks, were discussing how they used to set aside cake mix and icing for families whose children were celebrating birthdays. I thought that it would be really neat to include a present in the bag with the birthday cake mix, so the idea of Cal's Club was born. "I used my allowance and some saved birthday money to buy the supplies. The presents are always age-appropriate and safe. They range from plastic toys for toddlers to dolls, puzzles, board games, backpacks, and journals for older children. "I had planned to do a one-time gift of these birthday bags to the North Bay Food Bank, but the Food Bank and other agencies called us looking for more of the bags. That was almost four years ago, and the program is busier than ever. Cal's Club has kind of become a way of life. "I am always looking for ways to make the bags better. When I was at the dentist, I noticed that they gave me a new toothbrush and sample-size toothpaste each time I had a check-up. People often ask for toothpaste at the North Bay Food Bank, which we rarely have. Now my dentist and his wife provide toothpaste and toothbrushes to go into the bags free."
Volunteering Experience: 
In January 2010, I met a parent picking up a bag who said that because of Cal's Club, her child could celebrate her birthday on the day that it happened, rather than waiting an extra month for the mom to receive her income tax refund. Knowing that made all of the work that we've done worthwhile."
Education: 
BSC
Occupation: 
Manager
Andre A
Paris
France
Languages:
French, English, Spanish
February, 1955
Description
When I was 11, I was sick from school off and on for several months, so I had a lot of time on my hands. One day, my mother and oldest sister, who have both managed food banks, were discussing how they used to set aside cake mix and icing for families whose children were celebrating birthdays. I thought that it would be really neat to include a present in the bag with the birthday cake mix, so the idea of Cal's Club was born.

"I used my allowance and some saved birthday money to buy the supplies. The presents are always age-appropriate and safe. They range from plastic toys for toddlers to dolls, puzzles, board games, backpacks, and journals for older children.

"I had planned to do a one-time gift of these birthday bags to the North Bay Food Bank, but the Food Bank and other agencies called us looking for more of the bags. That was almost four years ago, and the program is busier than ever. Cal's Club has kind of become a way of life.

"I am always looking for ways to make the bags better. When I was at the dentist, I noticed that they gave me a new toothbrush and sample-size toothpaste each time I had a check-up. People often ask for toothpaste at the North Bay Food Bank, which we rarely have. Now my dentist and his wife provide toothpaste and toothbrushes to go into the bags free."
Volunteering Experience
In January 2010, I met a parent picking up a bag who said that because of Cal's Club, her child could celebrate her birthday on the day that it happened, rather than waiting an extra month for the mom to receive her income tax refund. Knowing that made all of the work that we've done worthwhile."
Education
BSC
Occupation
Manager
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