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Love Knows No Bounds At Passion 4 Kids

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Friday, October 26, 2012
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Izaiah - now age 3, sits in a wheel chair connected to a respirator. His spiked hair bobs back and forth as I cradle his adorable five month–old sister, Caliah. My eyes fill with tears as I hear his parents talk about the events that brought them to one of their most important resources, Passion 4

Two years ago, a drunk and stoned teenage driver plowed into the little guy’s stroller as he was being wheeled to a park.  What also fills my heart is the mission of Charles and Linda Van Kessler, founders of Passion 4 Kids. Because of Charles' background having been raised in a state run orphanage in Amsterdam, Holland during WWII, enduring abuse of every kind and surviving on flower bulbs, he started Passion 4 K.I.D.S. in 1986. When he met his bride in 2001 in San Diego, together with his wife Linda, they developed the charity into a more active organization.

With Linda being a mentor for the San Diego County Foster Youth Program, Charles' and Linda's love for children makes it a perfect fit to expand their meaningful humanitarian mission. Passion 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids In Desperate Situations) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dealing with homeless, neglected, abandoned, abused and underprivileged children of any race, color and creed as well as children in emergency situations. We all need help to be resilient. Charles and Linda offer that help.

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