A 6-year-old Lompoc girl did her best to lift the spirits of some of the city’s most vulnerable children and families Thursday with a special holiday donation.
Clara Rocha, according to her mother Alyssa, made up her mind at a young age that she wanted to give Christmas to kids who might not be as fortunate as she is, and she began fundraising just for that reason. After saving for years and using the funds to purchase toys and jackets, Clara and her brother, Anthony, traveled Thursday to the Lompoc Police Department, where they gave the gifts to Victim Advocate Sabrina Ross so that Ross could give them to families impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Ann McCarty, the executive director of the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center, commended Clara and her brother’s efforts, which also included donations of clothing that will be passed on to mothers and children at the Recovery Way Home in Lompoc.
“We can all take a page out of the book of this young family — that it is indeed better to give than to receive,” McCarty said. “We are so proud of Clara and her brother for their many gifts and are blessed that they have chosen the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center to be the vehicle to make this happen.”