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Children were smiling from ear to ear at the Brotherhood Crusades headquarters as the Mablean Ephriam Foundation and Mothers In Action threw a Christmas party for them.
The fun and games included story telling, finger painting, a Christmas meal, and of course, presents, and a lot of them.
"It excites me to bring joy to children and to give to give to those who are less fortunate," said Ephriam, a former television judge who gained natinal popularity. "And to bring a smile on a child's face at Christmas gives me much joy."
There were contests and the children also wrote post cards to President-elect Barack Obama, which will be taken to the Presidential Inauguration. Postcards can still be submitted until January 20.
Older children received gift cards, and college students who grew up in the Mother's In Action program received gift cards to Wal-Mart.
A day earlier the groups fed senior citizens with a fish fry dinner at Ward Villa for Seniors.
"I know that this time of year there are so many children who have been abused or neglected who don't have someone to tell them that they love them and they do not get toys or have someone to provide gifts for them," Ephriam said. "With the economic crisis that we are in today it is going to be even worse for low income families. These Children and their families suffer anyway, but it's even more difficult now. Mothers In Action has been doing this for a long time, so I am just thrilled to be working with them to make an impact"
Special thanks goes out to Beachstones Granite (Long Beach), Prudential California Realty (Norwalk), Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich Co. (Long Beach), Kelli Griffin for buying underwear for all of the children, Mr. Jerrold Curry, Linda Fields of Del Valle Finance Station, Diane Homes of Textile Station, Patricia Freeman and Donna Bridson of Downtown Carrier Annex, Rochelle Holley or Main Office, and Blossie Jackson of Macy's Plaza.
All of these individuals and companies spent a number of their hours to help give these abused and neglected children a happy Christmas. Judge Ephraim and Brenda Marsh-Mitchell's efforts to bring all of these people together allowed these children to smile during this holiday season.
Also, thanks goes out to the Brotherhood Crusade, County Federation of Labor, Councilmember Jan Perry, Los Angeles Sentinel, Mablean Ephriam Foundation Board & Friends, Marcus Garvey School, Mothers In Action's Volunteers & Donors, Share & Share Alike, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Aline Bakewell, Angela Howard, Arhomuz Aubry, Ashley McKay, Bernice Young, Bette Braxton, Betty Johnson, Bishop Roy Petitt, Brandon Brooks, Brent Burton, African American Firefighter's Museum, Brittany Gardner, Carl Cooper, Cassidy Plair, Chloe Jackson, Clarence Avant, Clarke Cooper, Coby Cooper, Danny & Aline Bakewell, Daria LeSassier, David Ford, Diatra Stearn, Dorothy McDavid, Emily Moore, Florence Jackson, Georgette Powell, Gladys Wesson, Heather Hutt Hillsman, Ingrid Hutt, Iris Stafford, Jackie Hawthorne, Janet Randolph, Jannie McKinney, Jasmine Thomas, Jay & Tracie Oken, JoAnn Curry, Josalyn Tillman, Katherine Cowherd, Khaleel Randolph, Kimberly Cooper, Krishna English-Jackson, Kyara Stafford, Lisa Square, Malcolm Ali, Marian Shima, Mike Francis, RFP Insurance, Nataisha Fuller, Neva Netherly, Noel Foucher, Pam, The Cobbler Lady, Pamela Mitchell, Quez Howard, Ray Hammond, Rick Aldrige, Ronique Davis, Roshanda Guy, Roy Evans, Kamalik Corp, Sharon Mejia, Sherron Rouzan, Stan & Sheila Tolan, Stephen Welch, Steve Lampert, Summer Plair, Suzanne Steptoe, Talessa Wagner, Tamela Mitchell, Tarrell Florent, Tiffany Scott, Tony Brazley, Tony Wafford, Tracy Mitchell, Verdun Arnaud, Victor Gordon, Yvonne Wheeler