Encinitas-based nonprofit Passion 4 K.I.D.S. founders Charles and Linda Van Kessler were recently honored with the California Heroes Award, presented by Senator Joel Anderson in a special ceremony. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes in the community each September. 

Passion 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids In Desperate Situations) helps handicapped, neglected, abandoned, abused, and underprivileged children, as well as children in acute, life-threatening emergency situations in the United States. The organization has helped more than 1,000 children in San Diego and hundreds more around the country. In addition to receiving a Proclamation from the City of San Diego, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. has received a Certificate of Recognition for its work by the California State Legislature as well as by the U.S. Congress through Congressman Darrell Issa. Learn more at www.passion4kids.com