On Wednesday, June 16, Laguna Beach teens met at the new Port Student Union to paint well shells for first responders and veterans. Lido Paddle Project lead therapist Brooke Bergman Parr, MFT, spoke to the youth about the impact of their volunteerism.
“When you paint these shells, you are putting your energy and creativity into an object which helps our protectors to relax,” Brooke said. She thanked the Laguna Beach teens for helping the nonprofit create these beautiful tokens that aid in wellness. Protectors are presented with well shells after a paddle or kayak session, followed by meditation.
Lauren Pozen from Spectrum TV heard about the event, felt it made a great human-interest story, and asked to film it for later viewing. Lauren also wanted to get to know Newport Beach Air Force Veteran David Schnur, 93, who has been kayaking with Lido Paddle Project on a regular basis.