Community leaders and organizations step up
As the tumbling economy continues it’s down spiral and with Christmas quickly approaching, local political leaders, community leaders and non-profit organizations have doubled their efforts to provide for those in need.
From Compton, to Inglewood, Pasadena to South Los Angeles a renewed spirit of giving to those less fortunate has transcended the bleak outlook on a nation and community that is beyond refreshing.
Las week was another prime example as former NBA basketball star and business icon Earvin Magic Johnson opened his Magic Theatres at the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Blvd. mall to provide free gifts for hundreds during a massive toy give away that began at 7a.m., and then just hours later Assemblyman Mike Davis hosted a toy drive for the needy at the African American Museum for several hundred more.
In the city of Compton, a Winter Wonderland exhibit offered rides and hundreds of more gifts for many of its residents and on the same day at Leimert Park City Councilman Bernard Parks hosted a similar event along with his wife Bobbi Parks where boxes of gifts were handed to children.
Assembly member Curren Price was the Santa of the South Bay as he held an event that contributed several hundred gifts to children and their families in Inglewood.
On Dec. 13 the annual Share and Share Alike toy drive to benefit Los Angeles children and children in New York was held at the “O” Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and was again a tremendous success as several hundred unwrapped toys were collected.
The recurring theme has shifted the focus off of what is wrong with our economy and what individuals don’t have to what one can do to help and the momentum will carry into this weekend with yet another set of events that will deliver right on time.
The Second Chance organizations will sponsor a Christmas tree, annual Christmas dinner, and toy and gift giveaway on Saturday Dec. 20 at 6077 S. Normandie Ave. in Los Angeles.
The event, sponsored by Thrive Financial Alliance, Trader Joe’s, Grant Development Solutions, Baldwin Hills Made Service, Starbucks, Vons, Honeybaked, Hotcakes Bakes, the Los Angeles City Council and many other will be held from 12 p.m.-4p.m.
It will be hosted by Second Chance and St. Luke Restoration Christian Center.
Meanwhile, in Pasadena local chiropractors are chipping in to help 33,000 children, many who are in foster care by proving gifts and giving free chiropractic treatments.
The event began on Dec. 15, but will continue through Dec. 20 at Hillsides located at 940 Avenue 64 in Pasadena.
Hillsides is a Pasadena foster care facility founded in 1913 and creates safe places for children at risk and their families by providing residential care, mental health services to break the cycle of domestic violence, special education and advocacy.