Amid a time of economic hardship, Hobie Surf Shop has been inundated with hundreds of requests for charity donations from the store, owner Mark Christy said.
Actively involved with SchoolPower as well as schools in Laguna's neighboring cities, Christy said "giving back to the community" is one of the most satisfying parts of his job.
That's why, in times like these, he said it breaks his heart that he's not able to help everyone in need, especially when he sees volunteers working so diligently to help their causes.
"The reality is, it's a tough economy, and there is only so much a little company like ours can do," he said. "We've had to turn many people away."
But when he and store manager, Dawn LaChance, heard a compelling story about Project HOPE, an outreach program that educates children who don't have permanent homes, Christy said something hit home for LaChance, who lobbied hard for the cause.