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Los Altos High student combines dual interests in philanthropy, sports


Apala Egan/Special to the Town Cerier
Krissy Ikeda is a member of the National Charity League and volunteers through school.

Krissy Ikeda’s major passions can be summed up in two words: sports and philanthropy.

The Los Altos High School junior especially enjoys working with children, a passion that led her to visit Nicaragua on a service trip. Through Los Altos High’s One Dollar for Life organization, she traveled to Central America with a team of fellow students to construct an elementary school. Along with other volunteers, she poured concrete for stone blocks they used to build the sturdy structure from the ground up.

Ikeda’s efforts did not stop there. She assisted in the village’s kindergarten class and conversed with the children in Spanish, a subject she takes at school. Ikeda, a member of Los Altos High’s varsity girls soccer and softball teams, presented the kids with specially made soccer balls that stone and gravel are unable to penetrate. An avid sports fan, she enjoyed playing soccer with the students.

“It was one of the best trips I had,” she said of her experience in Nicaragua. “You immerse yourself in a different culture.”

Closer to home, Ikeda is a member of the National Charity League, a nonprofit mother-daughter organization that promotes volunteerism. For the past five years, she has sorted donations and helped families with their holiday shopping at Community Services Agency in Mountain View.

“It is amazing how many people turn out,” she said of CSA’s Holiday Sharing program. “The line is always super long.”

Each volunteer guides participants to CSA’s fully stocked shelves. Armed with a list, they help the mothers, fathers and grandparents select age-appropriate gifts for the children in their lives. Typically, each child receives a toy, a book and a set of pajamas.

“You get to connect with families and learn their preferences,” said Ikeda, co-president of the Stanford Hills Chapter of the National Charity League. “They can be a little reserved, but I try to make them feel welcome.

Ikeda volunteers at CSA with her sister and mother.

“I enjoy the extra bonding time with them,” she said.

For more information on the National Charity League, visit nationalcharityleague.org.

For more information on CSA, visit csacares.org

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