Back-to-School preparation for most children is an exciting time.  Not so for many foster and at-risk children.  Temple Beth El of South Orange County does not stand idly by when it comes to philanthropy.  This August will be our 5th annual CHILDSPREE!


What is Childspree?

Childspree is an unforgettable opportunity for congregants to personally make a difference in the lives of 50 foster and at-risk children by providing them with the essentials to start the school year prepared.  This includes new clothing and a backpack filled with school supplies, including those needed for remote learning.  These are normally given at an in-person breakfast and shopping trip at Macy’s in Mission Viejo.  In light of COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we must modify our in-person event set for August 16. We will continue to follow CDC recommendations and more information will be provided as we get closer to the event date.


How can I be involved?

There are many ways you can help get these kids ready for an A+ school year.  You can easily donate money, be a Shopping Buddy or volunteer*, or do both!  Shopping buddies will get acquainted to one child virtually via Zoom, and then will go on an online shopping trip at  Other volunteers will help prepare backpacks, answer technical questions, and provide set-up, clean-up, and support if we are able to meet in-person on August 16.

There are very specific dates that shopping Buddies will need to be available for due to COVID restrictions. Please see guidelines below before committing to be a Shopping Buddy.

*We have a limited number of spaces for Shopping Buddies and Volunteers.  We will update once we have hit those numbers to offer other ways to help.

Choose how you can help

1.Donate money
2.Participate as a Shopping Buddy or a Volunteer




Donation Information

For every $200 raised, a child will receive a backpack with school supplies and new clothing from Macy’s..
Here are some guidelines regarding what your tax-deductible donation will buy:

*$50 buys a child’s backpack and school supplies.
*$150 is the amount each child will be given to shop at
*$200 covers the entire cost to sponsor one student
*$ Other…every dollar adds up!

Shopping Buddy guidelines:

*Must be 18 or older
*Due to limited spaces, only one Shopping Buddy per Temple family
*Shopping buddies will be paired up with a child from Orange County Social Services
*Must have access to Zoom (tech help will be provided as necessary)
*Must download Macy’s app for online shopping
*Dates you need to commit to:

    • Either Monday, July 13th at 4:00pm, OR Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00pm to be trained via Zoom how to be a Shopping Buddy.
    • Please hold Monday July 20th at 4:00pm AND Wednesday July 22 at 7:00pm. You will be notified which of these dates your foster child is available for online shopping. 
    • Please hold Sunday, August 16th 8-11am for our culminating event pending COVID19 restrictions.

Volunteer guidelines:
Must be 13 years or older, working with an adult
Specific duties will be assigned as we get closer to the event. They might include:

    • Providing technical support for online shopping
    • Stuffing backpacks on August 14, 9am-12pm
    • Balloons and signage for the event
    • Set-up/clean-up for event
    • Breakfast support at event
    • Other opportunities as we get closer to the event and know what CDC guidelines we need to follow.

Questions? Email Kim Gubner at