Laguna Niguel residents give the greatest gifts – Orange County Register

The greatest gift that one can give is the gift of time, talent, or treasure. Laguna Niguel residents give these in abundance throughout the year.  It is this spirit of generosity and volunteerism that is such an integral part of our community that makes me so very proud to call Laguna Niguel home. We enjoy an excellent quality of life because it is one that the people of our city have created. When I am asked what about Laguna Niguel I am most proud of, I resoundingly answer, “the people!”

Laguna Niguel residents overwhelmingly responded to the call for city commission and committee applicants. The City Council received well over 60 applications from residents who wished to serve their city. These are your friends and neighbors, who are all well qualified, and have the desire to contribute to, and serve, our city. Look anywhere in Laguna Niguel and you will see residents volunteering. We are considered one of the best cities in the United States to raise a family; thank the many school, sports, and Scout volunteers. We are one of the safest cities in the nation; thank our PACT volunteers who work alongside our police services professionals. And thank our deputy sheriffs and firefighters, because it takes a special kind of dedication to community to be a first responder.

Hundreds of Laguna Niguel residents donate their time and talent so we can all enjoy our city’s fantastic holiday celebrations. Joy-filled residents enjoyed last week’s Christmas tree lighting, and all this happens because of the volunteers helping children make crafts, serving hot cocoa, or singing and dancing to entertain us all.  Next up, be sure to experience the holiday magic at this Saturday’s holiday parade!  In our home, parade day is known as “the funnest day of the year,” and it’s the first activity my husband Ray puts on the new year’s calendar. Parade volunteers work the entire year to bring you this very special annual event.  They are behind the scenes and the definition of an unsung hero, so please be sure to make a point to thank them.  And on Dec. 17, volunteers will be bringing latkes, donuts, and dancing to City Hall for our annual menorah lighting. Be sure to join us for this fun event too.

Today, Dec. 7, is our nation’s day to remember and honor the 2,403 American lives lost at Pearl Harbor.  Every day, and especially today, I am grateful for those who stand guard to defend our freedom, and for their families that stand alongside them. I…

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