USHR//Universal City, California, April 25, 2017 – 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.