The best companies in the world take their time, energy, resources and earnings to give back. Universal Studios is doing that, and have been making a huge community impact with Day of Giving, for 13 years!
Thursday, I was able to join the Universal Studios Hollywood employees and watch hundreds of school children receive some free gifts. The gifts I’m talking about are not the new hottest new toys or technology. I’m talking about shoes. I’m talking about socks. Back packs, clothes, books…basic essentials many of our children take for granted.
How can they not? Most of our children don’t need to worry where their next meal is coming from, or where they’ll sleep tonight. I heard a story yesterday of a family with four children, and one pair of shoes between them. The parents would only send one child to school at a time, because they only had one pair of shoes.
My children don’t need to worry about this. But, many families do.
Every child I met and saw yesterday, were affected by homelessness. They are at-risk children that truly need a little help, as do their families.
The meaningful “Day of Giving” event is a yearly Universal Studios Hollywood tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
As the events took place throughout the Southland, Universal Studios Hollywood served as home base for one of the six locations, hosting Operation School Bell and nearly 300 homeless children.
In support of Operation School Bell, homeless children from over 50 LAUSD elementary schools were treated to a variety of back to school needs, including new clothing, sneakers and school supplies. The children enjoyed an afternoon of theme park fun, experiencing “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” and venturing aboard the world-famous Studio Tour.
In tandem with festivities at the park, the day-long event also deployed hundreds of employee volunteers around Los Angeles to help support community-building efforts at the following organizations: AIDS Project L.A. (APLA), where employees volunteered at the North Hollywood food pantry and help assemble food bags for clients; Downtown Women’s Center, where volunteers helped prepare brown bag lunches & toiletry kits for their clients in need; Tree People, where employee volunteers assisted with tree care, maintain trails, and remove invasive plants; Union Station Homeless Services where participants prepared and served lunch; and Shane’s Inspiration, where employees took part in a “play date” with special needs children at Shane’s Inspiration playground.
I was so honored to attend yesterdays event at Universal Studios Hollywood and am really inspired to make sure my family is paying attention to the needs of those around us.
Thank you USH.