“To dedicate ourselves to glorify and honor God for His many blessings to us by making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and precious of His creation – children”
Linda served as Director of Scheduling and Press for President and Mrs. Ford at the White House as well as Dr. Robert Schuller. She also worked with Dr. Billy Graham for over 25 years in many of his crusades around the world.
Linda is currently CEO of 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 also a mentor for the Leap 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. 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.