Face painter Sarah Woloski, from Long Beach, holds the mirror for six year-old Brianna Navarro, Sylmar. A 3,000 Pound Holiday Feast Brought Early Holiday Cheer to 1,000 L.A. Area Shelter Families as Universal Studios Hollywood Rang In Its
20th Annual ÒChristmas in SpringÓ Event at M.E.N.D. Transitional Living Center in Van Nuys.
Ten Area Family Shelters in, Hollywood, North Hollywood, East L.A. and Pasadena Facilities Enjoy Festivities with Holiday Feast, Visit from E.B., Star of ÒHop,Ó Santa Claus and Scores
of Universal Volunteers
2,000 pounds of chicken, 500 pounds of mashed potatoes, 600 pounds of vegetables, 20 gallons of gravy and 6,000 hand-made desserts were served to 1,000 transitional-living family shelter residents during Universal Studios HollywoodÕs 20th annual ÒChristmas in SpringÓ celebration.
For the past 20 years, Universal Studios HollywoodÕs philanthropic ÒDiscover A Star FoundationÓ has helped L.A. Family Housing spread early holiday cheer during this non-traditional time of year when many of the needs of less-affluent families are often overlooked.
E.B., the star of Universal PicturesÕ hit movie, ÒHopÓ Santa Claus, joined Universal Studios Hollywood employee volunteers to bring joy to families and children from M.E.N.D. and those bused in from 10 area transitional living facilities, including P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless) in Hollywood, L.A. Family HousingÔs North Hollywood Valley Shelter, East L.A.Õs Triangle House, Comunidad Cesar Chavez, Vineland Place in North Hollywood, the Downtown WomenÕs Center in Los Angeles and the Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena.
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