My mom, Marilyn Cartwright, is one of the Best-Kept Secrets in Northridge! Along with her dear friend, Dottie Bitzer, Marilyn founded “Warm Wishes” that provides handmade scarves, mittens and caps for those less fortunate than ourselves for the cold winter months.
Back in 2004 in Dayton, Ohio, Dottie gave Marilyn a handmade scarf. Marilyn was so impressed that she convinced Dottie to make them for the homeless people living in the area.
They got about a dozen volunteers and since then they have “donated” approximately 17,000 items to those less fortunate.
When asked “why” she makes all these “Warm Wishes,” Marilyn said, “I have never liked being cold. It just breaks my heart to know that people are out there with nothing to keep them warm.”
When Marilyn moved to Northridge three years ago, all the volunteers were sad to see her go, but they continue to make all the winter sets for the homeless because it makes them all feel so good.
The Village of Northridge now sponsors Marilyn’s philanthropic activity because it is a way for them to “give back” to a community that is striving to help others who need it.
There are so many non-profits who benefit from the good will of its members, including The Kiwanis of Northridge, The West Valley Boys and Girls Club, The Rotary Club of Granada Hills, The Fernando Foundation, The North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Valley Cultural Center, to name a few.
Most recently, the local Devonshire PALs organization has benefitted from Marilyn’s generosity.
Marilyn Cartwright truly is an “angel”—giving tirelessly without ever asking for anything in exchange.