Chris Simms, Owner of Lazy Dog Cafe presented the “Spirit of Philanthropy” award to Irvine resident and 13 year old, Risha Shukla, for her accomplishments within the community with her non-profit “Kids Who Care Foundation”. At age 7, she went through a series of medical procedures that caused her to spend much of her time in the hospital. When she received a giant quilt card from her sister’s preschool teacher and class, ‘¦the idea for “Kids Who Care” came about. Risha started the non-profit to help other children that are in hospitals and brighten their day by sending them “Smile packs”, which are goodie bags of treats, cards, and uplifting messages for other kids who have gone through surgeries or have illnesses that they struggle with everyday. KWCF has sent out over 20,000 smile packs since being formed 5 years ago.
Simms wanted to do something special for those in the community who donate their valuable time, energy and/or resources to improve the lives of others. The “Spirit of Philanthropy” award was part of the pre-opening celebration of the new Lazy Dog Cafe in Irvine. It was open to residents of Irvine and Tustin who volunteer their time to help others in their community.