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Meet Linda

As an 8-year-old, Linda dreamed of working in the White House.  That dream came true when, at age 19, she became a Staff Assistant to President Ford at the White House.  She later became Director of Scheduling and Press for President and Mrs. Ford as well as Dr. Robert Schuller at the Crystal Cathedral. She also worked with Dr. Billy Graham for over 25 years in many of his crusades around the world.

Linda is currently the CEO for the company she and Charles started, Passion 4 Life liquid vitamins and minerals, (www.passion4lifevitamins.com) which helps to fund Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

Linda Van Kessler spends many hours working with children. This is the cause closest to her heart. Having a profound love for children, she opens her heart and arms to countless children who need love, attention, a listening ear and someone just to talk to. Always quick to give a hug or encouraging word, Linda’s own son calls her “the Pied Piper” as wherever she goes, even on vacations in other countries, it isn’t long before she has a group of children following her around. She can often be seen holding 2 or more children per hand as they clamor to be included in the “love”. In addition to being the Founder of Passion 4 K.I.D.S. along with her husband, Charles, Linda is a Foster Youth Mentor for the County of San Diego as well as a tutor/mentor for foreign students at San Diego State University. She also served on the San Diego State University Parent Advisory Board. She is a Mentor for the Leap Foundation in Los Angeles and an honorary Advisory Board Member for the Charitable Giving Foundation.

Linda and Charles are very hands on with the children they support. In an effort to bring fun and joy to their young, troubled lives, Linda and Charles take them on weekend outings, bowling, to the park, to sporting events, restaurants, etc. They personally try to teach the children manners, ethics, morals and help them navigate the difficulties of life. Because many of the children come from devastating, unstable home situations, the Van Kesslers develop long-term relationships with the children and reinforce to them that they will be a constant presence in their lives for many years to come which allows them to build a level of trust that the children can depend on. Charles and Linda spend many hours weekly visiting “their” kids in the hospital or at home, purchasing and delivering basic necessities of food, clothing and water to the children and serve as a resource of love, compassion and assistance in any way possible to the children and their families they are honored to serve. With a background in media and public relations, Linda organizes all Passion 4 K.I.D.S.’ events and works tirelessly with the media to gain attention for these children in need.

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Media

UT San Diego Article on “Couple Has Passion for Aiding Kids in Crisis”

UT San Diego Article on Passion 4 K.I.D.S. Arranging for Baby Izaiah’s Parents to be on Dr. Phil Show

Christian Examiner Article on How Passion 4 K.I.D.S. Is Helping Family with 18 Special Needs Children

Featured article in Ranch and Coast Magazine (San Diego’s Ultimate Lifestyle Magazine), October 2012 issue

“Percival’s Place” Show Interview on Talk Zone Radio features Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

Good News, etc - Couple helping desperate families

Christian Examiner interview “Local Woman Tosses Calendar to Aid Parents of Critically Injured Tot”

A Passion For Life And Its Adventures

North County Times interview “Encinitas Woman Remembers Betty Ford”

Linda remembers Betty Ford on Fox 5 TV San Diego (interview 1)

Linda remembers Betty Ford on Fox 5 TV San Diego (interview 2)