Residents and businesses brighten Easter holiday for Sanctuary on 8th students

Residents and businesses brighten Easter holiday for Sanctuary on 8th students
Sanctuary on 8th Street Executive Director Rick Cartlidge with Cam Melangton, general manager at the Marina at Ortega Landing.

The Easter holiday was made a little brighter for some Springfield families trying to cope with concerns about the Coronavirus, loss of employment, and the pressures of keeping children focused on school and entertained with limited resources. 

Several generous residents and businesses, including those from the Marina at Ortega Landing, blessed the families of students at the Sanctuary on 8th Street afterschool program with much-needed supplies plus a few surprises.

On April 10, when Jamie Stater, associate director at the Sanctuary, distributed bags of fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and boxes of macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles, she also gave away Easter baskets, cartons of dyed eggs, toilet paper and paper towels. 

“We have 50 children, from about 32 families, on our student roster, and we are concerned about them,” said Stater. “Food donations are supplemented with groceries bought from monetary donations, but this week we had also something special to share.”

The Marina at Ortega Landing purchased 300 rolls of toilet paper and 80 rolls of paper towels for the Sanctuary on 8th Street, which chose to share the bounty with their students’ families. 

“The Sanctuary has been our marina’s community service recipient for the past two years, and we typically spend a Saturday in June sprucing up the property,” said Cam Melangton, general manager of the Marina at Ortega Landing. “This just seemed like the right thing to do at this time.”

To lend a hand to the Sanctuary on 8th Street, consider donating imperishable food items, school supplies or make a monetary gift online at

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