Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation makes Holiday Wishes Come True
CARSON, Calif. (Monday, December 19, 2011) – The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation celebrated the holiday season by hosting its annual Holiday Assist Program for children and families in need on Thursday, December 15. As part of this year’s program, the Galaxy Foundation adopted 10 local families in need from The Salvation Army’s L.A. Red Shield Youth and Community Center and hosted a special holiday party at The Home Depot Center.
Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, defender Sean Franklin and Cozmo as well as Galaxy front office staff and volunteers were all on hand for the celebration, which helped make the holiday wishes of all 10 families come true. There, the families participated in arts and crafts, making gingerbread boys and girls, Christmas tree ornaments, hand puppets and coloring, while also enjoying a holiday dinner, as well as an assortment of themed cookies and candies. The evening ended with Donovan, Franklin and Cozmo handing out presents to the families as well as signing autographs and taking photos with all of those who were in attendance.
The Galaxy Foundation purchased all of the gifts for the families, including clothes, jackets, shoes and other essentials, as well as toys and presents. Additionally, the Foundation gave each family a grocery store gift card to purchase items for a holiday meal.
The Galaxy Foundation’s Holiday Assist Program was created to address the difficulties many children and families face during the holiday season. In the past the program has been implemented in a variety of ways including building and handing out Soccer Santa teddy bears and toys with Galaxy players and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, adopting and taking 100 children on a holiday shopping spree at a local retailer as well as hosting a winter wonderland Holiday party for children in need.