Kristen Anderson
Author of 
Life In Spite of Me

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook on life. Once a happy child, Kristen's world darkened after three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a depression that didn't seem to have an end.


Then, on a cold January night at the age of 17, Kristen attempted suicide by laying down on a set of railroad tracks near her parents' home. She was run over by 33 freight train cars at 50 mph, and both of her legs were severed, but miraculously, she survived!!


Click here and scroll to view her Inspiring Testimony.


"Happy Minds, 
Healthy Bodies"
1st Annual Health Festival
May 2, 2015
12:00 to 4:00pm
William R Mason Park, Irvine


Prayer Team

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Our Story
by Gary & Kathryn Ross,
founders of 'lil Gary's Legacy

In March 2002, in a moment of despair and hopelessness, our son Gary chose to end his own life. A part of us died with him that day. The heartache that followed became our constant companion along with the burning question, WHY?!  We have found that our life has been divided  by this tragedy; it has become a marker of life before and life after. We chose to allow our pain to motivate us to reach outside of ourselves, to find purpose and healing through helping others.

Our journey to establishing lil' Gary's Legacy was long; filled with excitement and despair, hope and fear, a constant roller coaster of emotions. The thought that our life ministry would be focused on our greatest loss brought us to our knees.  God  give us your strength.

Countless times when we felt it was just too difficult, too much for God to ask of us - faith would rise in our hearts bringing us the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other and pursue the dream. The dream that lil' Gary's life would matter, would make a difference for eternity; that because he lived and died people would be blessed, encouraged and comforted. Our purpose became clear, good works in loving memory of our precious son.  Read more...

2nd Annual
Shoe Collection Fundraiser
April 1 - May  15
 Turn your reusable shoes into  blessings for others.
Our goal   is 5,000 pairs.  

Orange County Drop-off Locations

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Goin' Postal

22762 Aspan St, Lake Forest

M - Fri 9:30 - 6, Sat. 10 - 2 


Christian Threadz

Laguna Hills Mall near Macy's

M-Fri  9 - 9, Sat 10 - 7, Sun 12 - 7


Athletes Choice
23252 Arroyo Vista, RSM
M - Fri 8 - 8,  Sat. 8am -  11am


Rejoice Christian Books, Cards, Gifts

23851 Via Fabricante, Ste 201

Mission Viejo

M - Sat.  10-7


Della-Marie Izzo

Drop bags in front of garage

22196 Emerald St., Grand Terrace


Victor Valley Drop Off Locations

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C  Street Station Vintage & Antiques

9460 C Ave., Hesperia

Tues - Sat 10 - 5, Sun closed


Carriage House Antiques
11370 Hesperia Rd., Hesperia

M - Sat 10 - 5, Sun. 11-5


Christian Treasures  Bible Bookstore

12052 Hesperia Rd., Hesperia

M - Fri  9:30 - 6:00, Sat. 10 - 5, Sun closed

Victorville Glass Co

15295 Seventh St., Victorville

M - Fri  8-5 ( Leave inside box in lobby)


Moses House Thrift Store

14464 Atstar Dr. Ste. 201, Victorville

Mon - Fri  9-5


Drop in front of garage door

at the following locations:

  • 13390 Dean Ave. Victorville
  • 13177 Setancket Rd. Apple Valley
  • 13375 Rincon Rd. Apple Valley


Orange Co. contact

Kathryn (949)716-7235 or e-mail

 Victor Valley contact

Sue (760) 985-3295 or e-mail 

New book added to our recommended reading list.

A Grace Disguised
by Jerry Sittser

In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter.

While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it.

A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life-one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.

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