300 of our “We’ve Got Your Back” students and their siblings received a special treat for this Christmas. GCHope wanted to throw a fun, memorable Christmas party for these children and their families to show them how much we care about them. And, it was one of the biggest parties GCHope threw at our office!
There were so many highlights of the night – freshly made popcorn, hot chocolate with marshmallows, face painting, arts and crafts, basketball hoops, scrumptious tacos, and of course, Santa to deliver gifts to all the children. Santa had helpers, but they were no ordinary elves. In fact, all of them were over 6 ft. tall, hovering over most of our children. They were former NBA and NFL players, including Rick Darnell, Jamaal Wilkes, Keith Erickson, Sam Williams, Norm Nixon, Ed Ratleff, Reggie Berry, Ron Brown, Bob Elliott and Arnie Fielkow (CEO, National Basketball Retired Players Association). The children were delighted to talk and take pictures with the athletes. Also in attendance was the Buena Park Chief of Police, Corey Sianez and the Police department’s Explorers.
Thank you so much to our partners at Cerritos Mall and to Virginia Vaughn of the Buena Park Women’s Club for helping to sponsor this wonderful event. We would also like to say a special thank you to Ria. We would not have been able to throw such an eventful night without their help. Many of their employees came to volunteer at the party, helping kids cut, glue and paint arts and crafts materials, and even sponsored wish lists for many of the children who attended the party.
Below are pictures from the event: