Every year Universal Studios Hollywood graciously gives back to low income families in the Los Angeles area at their annual Christmas in Spring event. This event is the outcome of a wonderful partnership between Universal and M.E.N.D. (Meet Each Need with Dignity), and Santa himself to spread a bit of holiday cheer in the warm spring months.
The popular Minions, Dora, Curious George, Spongebob and Santa all came out to the MEND headquarters to brighten up the days of over 1000 children in need.
In addition to character meets, children were invited to play games, get tattoos and feast!
Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates 26 years of giving in partnership with M.E.N.D. (Meet Each Need with Dignity) as part of its annual “Christmas in Spring” philanthropy event, bringing goodwill to low income families, with this year’s event taking place on Saturday, May 6 from Noon to 2 p.m. at 10641 San Fernando Rd, Pacoima, CA 91331. Since its inception, “Christmas in Spring” has impacted the lives of over 15,000 less fortunate individuals, providing them with the opportunity to enjoy a fun outing during a time of year when the needs of these families are often overlooked.
Philanthropy is a major initiative for Universal Studios Hollywood through its acclaimed Discover A Star Foundation. Founded in 1994, Discover A Star provides grants to deserving organizations whose initiatives help individuals and families to achieve more productive and fulfilling lives.
With hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood volunteer employees participating, this year’s “Christmas in Spring” event will invite Santa Claus and very merry mischievous Minions from the theme park’s popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride to usher in a springtime holiday season. Families supported by M.E.N.D. will enjoy an afternoon of custom prepared food and interactive festivities from carnival games and face painters as well as a live D.J.
A special keepsake family photo memento with the Minions, Dora from “Dora the Explorer,” SpongeBob, Curious George and Santa Claus will add to the special celebration. Children will also be treated to giveaways, including a large plush toy and a book of their choice.
In the spirit of paying it forward, Discover A Star grant recipient, A Window Between Worlds, will provide an arts and crafts station. The non-profit group is dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma, while inspiring women and children to recover a sense of renewal and independence through creative expression.
Universal Studios Hollywood has become a major player giving back to the city and locals in need with Christmas in Spring. The event has run for over 26 years benefiting over 15,000 individuals and shows no sign of stopping. A big thank you to the hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood employees who gave their time to this amazing event. If you’d like to find out how you can give back to the community please visit http://mendpoverty.org.