Charity begins at home, and children in Los Angeles are going to bed hungry tonight. 

Melissa Sheehan Clarkson of Manhatten Beach is doing something to change that. She has adopted 25 local low incomes families in Los Angeles who live on $15,000 a year or less through the Department of Public Social Services' (DPSS) Adopt-A-Family Program program. She has met all of these families herself and hand picked the ones she is working with.

This Charitable (501c3) program provides gifts such as toys, school supplies, clothes and food to help the families and celebrate the holidays in a special way.

Melissa's Mutt Hutt ("MMH"), is a Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica based pet nanny services business. The Vikings Charity ( ) one of the Southlands leading charities for disadvantaged children has also teamed up again 

Please note all donations are 501c3 deductions!

                                             HUGE Xmas Party for Disadvantaged kids!

Melissa Sheehan Clarkson of Melissa's Mutt Hutt has teamed up again with the Viking Charity and they are having a HUGE Xmas party for disadvantaged kids (500 kids!!!!) on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Peterson Auto Museum from 10:00 am-2:30pm. The address is 6060 Wilshire Blvd (off Fairfax), LA 90036. In & N is catering it, Santa will be there, a DJ, dancing, free valet, and each child receives 10 toys! It is a spectacular event and it will change your lives to see how mach happiness you can bring with so little effort.

                                                          Melissa needs your HELP!

Last year, we sent out an email to clients of Melissa's Mutt Hutt friends and family, and received over $25,000 in dollars of toys, shoes, children's clothing, food, gift certificates, gift cards and canned good donations. I was so overwhelmed...what started as one family, wound up with me delivering gifts with my Dad dressed as Santa Claus and my mom and I dressed as elves to over 150 people in Los Angeles. They cried, hugged us and invited us into their poverty stricken homes. The houses were clean and proud without telephones, central heating, Internet or TVs for the most part. The kids and parents make very humble wish lists and we didn't meet one single person who did not need a guardian angel to help them.

This year, we are doing it again, but this time, I'm better prepared.  I have several options for each of you.

I have several options for each of you!

I'll buy and wrap the gifts and deliver them (or you can deliver them if you like).
  1. Send me a check to Melissa Sheehan at 1848 20th St Santa Monica or give us a contribution to our Fundraising page at: and I will buy warm clothes and food for the families for you, or send us gift cards from grocery stores, Target and Toys R Us. We also have a “Wish List” at Toys R Us (Wish List #33775506) and Target (under Melissa’s Mutt Hutt).
  2. Gifts lists are avail online at Toys R Us & Target.  Gifts should be mailed to me at: 1848 20th St Santa Monica CA 90404 , which I will hand deliver dressed as Santa!
  3. Adopt your own family by filling out and faxing the paper work below to Erica Moya, Departmental Volunteer Coordinator Toy Loan and Volunteer Services Phone:  (213) 744 4348 email:
  4. Volunteer your time to assist me in this crazy project! Click on the link below to watch what an incredible time we had  Facebook
If you happen to work for a corporation, please ask your HR manager to pass this on to your entire company. If you work with any companies who might wish to contribute, please send me this info. Last year United Talent Agency, The Vikings and Old Navy helped us enormously. Call me day or might with any questions, advice, and guidance or to volunteer to help in any capacity at  310 435 9808
Please call for detailed lists of items needed, dates to volunteer, our event at the Peterson Auto Museum and our MMH Holiday Party etc.
Take this information and pass it on. Pay it forward people. The reward is bigger, better and more fulfilling than any gift you have ever received, I promise.

Below is a list of events we would LOVE you to participate in if you have any free time.

Melissa's Mutt Hutt & Adopt a Family Update of Holiday Events:
1. MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013 (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) at Peterson Auto Museum at 6060Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036 with 500 kids. 

I will need lots of drivers to and from the Museum as I am bringing 50 kids!

 I need help bringing 10-12 FAMILIES (each family has 2-4 kids plus moms) who don't have cars and live in not so great neighborhoods in Los Angeles to get the families to and from the party. Can you help? How big is your car/SUV and how large of a family could you fit in your car? If I hear back from you, an e mail with the families details will follow in the next few days!
2. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th (6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.MMH/Adopt a Family Holiday Party atWirtshaus at 345 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036. ALL WELCOME!!!  
3. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) - food prep of 1,500 Baskets at Santa Monica Airport Sat December 21, 2013 with Vikings, need volunteers!
4. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22nd (8 a.m. -1 p.m.) - pick up of 25 HUGE food baskets for my families. Will need drivers with TRUCKS!
5. MONDAY, DECEMBER 23rd Delivery of any baskets and gifts that cannot be picked up to families without cars, NEED DRIVERS!!!

Thank you! Play it forward and send this to all your co-workers, friends and family please!


Much Love,

Melissa Sheehan Clarkson


Melissa's Mutt Hutt
1590 Rosecrans Ave, Suite D360
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
Office: 310 546 0021
Fax: 310 469 0106