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A Thanksgiving Trip Home

As a kid growing up in the Pasadena area in the 1980s, Kidspace was a well-known part of my world. It was definitely the highlight of the field trip season and the experiences we had made a lasting impression. When my high school curriculum required me to volunteer at a local nonprofit my first thought was Kidspace, and I was fortunate enough to be accepted. While memories of dates and timelines are now fuzzy as I get further and further away from those years, I know I spent the better part of a year with Kidspace, eventually joining the team as a paid part-time employee. I had earned my green apron and was free to decorate it with as many buttons as I could make with the button machine on my breaks.

699 Kidspace was my very first employer, my very first paycheck, my first foray into the working world. And how fortunate was I that that formative experience came in a place full of imagination and fun and discovery? And how thankful am I that I have now come home so to speak? Re-joining the Kidspace team last April marked a significant step on the timeline of my life. I have worked many different places here in Los Angeles and around the world, and I know that starting out in this amazing institution focused on encouraging children of all ages to be involved with the mechanics of the world around them set me down a very definite path.

I am so thankful that Kidspace was around when I was a kid. I am so thankful that Kidspace is still here for children and for me as well. I am so thankful for the amazing group of colleagues, staff, Board members, supporters, volunteers, and friends that I get to work with every day. I am so proud to see this piece of my past growing and striving every day to be better, and I am so thankful that I get to be a part of that adventure.

Last week hopefully we all had a chance to say Thank You to those who give us so much. And now we have embarked on the season where we can try and find a way to give something special to those who impact our lives. I am celebrating Giving Tuesday by giving back to Kidspace, and I hope you will join me in helping change the way we all think about the gifts we give and receive.

Make a Gift to Kidspace for "Giving Tuesday" Here

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Erica Blodgett, Director of Development, joined Kidspace in 2012.  She holds a master’s degree in Development Management and served as the Development and Communications Director for the Violence Intervention Program prior to joining the Museum.