The holidays are a magical time, and Universal Studios Hollywood is a magical place, so Universal teamed up with Operation School Bell once again for their annual Day of Giving, now in its 13th year! What better combination to give a helping hand to those in need and kick-off this holiday season!
The event was held just outside the Universal Studios theme park where hundreds of Universal employees volunteered their time to help bring joy into over 300 less fortunate homeless children.
These children were given large bags with books, teddy bears, toys and were also given new clothes, shoes and a fun day in the theme park where the children got to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, as well as Fast and Furious Supercharged on the Studio Tour.
In addition to the 300 children featured at the Day of Giving, over 50 schools throughout the south-land will be given new backpacks filled with school supplies positively effecting over 5,000 students.
In tandem with festivities at the park, the day-long event will also deploy hundreds of employee volunteers around Los Angeles to help support community-building efforts at the following organizations: AIDS Project L.A. (APLA), where employees will volunteer at the North Hollywood food pantry and help assemble food bags for clients; Downtown Women’s Center, where volunteers will help prepare brown bag lunches & toiletry kits for their clients in need; Tree People, where employee volunteers will assist with tree care, maintain trails, and remove invasive plants; Union Station Homeless Services where participants will prepare and serve lunch; and Shane’s Inspiration, where employees will take part in a “play date” with special needs children at a nearby Shane’s Inspiration playground.
Supported by Universal Studios Hollywood, Discover A Star Foundation is committed to making a significant impact in local underserved communities by providing grants to deserving non-profit organizations. Originally founded in 1995, Discover A Star’s mission is to provide financial assistance to neighboring nonprofit groups. To date, Discover A Star Foundation has raised over $9 million and provided financial assistance to over 65 non-profit organizations.
We love how much Universal gives back to the community and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the collaboration of Operation School Bell and Universal Studios Hollywood.