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Nearly 40 years ago a small group of women in the Coronado Cays began an organization to help improve life for children around San Diego. Over time the organization has evolved into what FOCUS is today, a group of men and women in Coronado dedicated to providing direct support for charitable foundations and partners that seek to assist children in need locally. Today Pat Robitaille is the president of FOCUS, (Friends of Children United Society), and I had a chance to speak with her more about the group.

“When I first moved to Coronado just a few years ago,” Robitaille began, “my neighbor happened to be a part of FOCUS and said I should start out shopping [for FOCUS] and get involved.” While FOCUS raises money to support charitable groups and agencies (100% of which always goes to the foundations), members also take a direct approach with support by providing agencies with much-needed items such as beds, clothes, food – whatever immediate needs are requested that can be met. “When you go into the agency and find out what it’s all about, you find how much these things can really make a difference,” Robitaille said.

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Start your holiday season by enjoying the FOCUS (Friends of Children United Society) Holiday Boutique on the Bay, Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This elegant event will be held at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 N. Caribe Cay Boulevard. More than 40 booths will feature upscale clothing, artwork, craft soaps and candles, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, handbags, children’s

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Friends of Children United Society (FOCUS) has announced the dates for one of the largest rummage sales in San DIego County. This non-profit organization helps San Diego’s disadvantaged kids. FOCUS will be accepting donations on Thursday and Friday, June 10 and June 11, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Items can be delivered to 505 Grand Caribe Causeway, in the Coronado Cays.

No clothes or old electronics will be accepted. All items being submitted must be in useable condition.

The actual date for the rummage sale has been set for Saturday, June 12, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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Friends of Children United Society (FOCUS) Annual Holiday Boutique has always been a highly anticipated event for FOCUS members, their friends and family and the Coronado community overall. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, it was a great venue to start getting into the holiday spirit and get a jump start on your décor and gift shopping. Being greeted at the door with a glass of champagne and homemade cookies wasn’t bad either!

This year, the event will still happen but it is going virtual. So now individuals can do their holiday shopping in the comfort of their own home and maybe even in their pajamas.

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All Coronado Unified School District CUSD schools closed on Monday, March 16, due to the COVID-19 virus. Shortly thereafter, the district instituted the Distance Learning Plan, a plan where parents went on-line, located the student’s grade level, and were able to find lesson plans for reading, math, and writing. The projected end date for Distance Learning Plan is targeted for June 11.

CUSD provided a Chromebook to any student who requested one from the