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Brotherhood Crusade: Winter Wonderland/Navidad En El Barrio 2014
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 18, 2014

 Brotherhood Crusade brings food, clothes, toys and snow to families & youth in Los Angeles

The Brotherhood Crusade in partnership with Holman United Methodist Church had its annual Winter Wonderland/Navidad En El Barrio event where over 600 people in the community gathered for a day of giving.

Los Angeles, California December 13, 2014 The Brotherhood Crusade which has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for families and youth throughout Los Angeles for the last 46 years provided, food baskets, clothes, snow, face painting, toys, books and more to over 600 youth and families in Los Angeles.  Our annual Navidad En El Barrio – Winter Wonderland was a very special event.  In keeping with the Brotherhood Crusade’s history of building positive alliances, we partnered with Holman United Methodist Church, also an institution of Goodwill that understands the tremendous need for helping our community and the people we serve.

“Winter Wonderland/Navidad En El Barrio is our way of giving back to the community and serving those in need during the holiday season”, said Stacy Hill-Williams, Brotherhood Crusades, Communications Director.  “Attendees were provided with free food baskets that contained Randall Farms whole chicken, cheese, canned vegetables, bags of Mahatma rice, Sun Vista canned beans, Northgate Tomato sauce, Minute Maid juice, and more.  We also brought in snow this year and created a beautiful Winter Wonderland where folks young and old were able to see and play in the snow, many for the first time.  Young people slid down snow hills, made snow men and threw snow balls in the air.  To see the faces of so many gathered together and enjoying the days’ festivities said it all.”

Individuals continue to struggle to provide basic necessities for their families.  According to the 2013 Annual Social and Economic supplement by the US Census Bureau, over 46 million people and more than 20% of children under 18 live in poverty.  Many are hard-working Americans who have experienced loss of income and face the challenge of choosing between providing food for their families or paying their utility bills.

The Brotherhood Crusade is a grantee of Bank of America’s Basic Human Services Grant and was presented with a $25,000 check during the Navidad En El Barrio event.  How appropriate to receive this amazing grant presented on the day when we are serving the needs of the community, this is why we’re so proud to partner with Bank of America to provide opportunities for success and assistance to individuals in our community.

In addition to Holman United Methodist Church there were informational booths hosted by the Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, and The Brotherhood Crusades Champions for Change provided literature on healthy cooking and those present were treated to hot café mocha drinks.  The toy booth was supported by The Randall B. Simmons Foundation and Mrs. Claus was a big hit with our young people, free books were provided by Read Lead and St. John’s Well Child & Family Center provided their health and wellness mobile unit for free immunizations, physicals and health screenings.

The incredible volunteers that came out and supported the event were amazing.  Volunteers came from Bank of America, the awesome team of men from the Masonic Lodge #60, Los Angeles County Registrars Recorder’s Office, Holman United Methodist team, the ever hardworking Brotherhood Crusade staff and other community volunteers. 

The food, clothes and toys that families received on Saturday may well be the only act of kindness they receive this holiday season and the donations and support of our partners will make a big difference in each of their lives.  As this event has grown, the needs our community has also grown and we hope that with the ongoing help of our supporters and donors we can provide more food and services to those who need them the most. 

The Brotherhood Crusade thanks its sponsors for their generous support: Holman United Methodist Church, The Randall B. Simmons Outreach Foundation, Read Lead, Beyond the Battlefield, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, Chase, Comerica Bank, Wells Fargo, AEG, AT&T, American Motor Honda Co., Inc, Bank of America, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Nielsen, Northern Trust, SEIU ULTCW, Southwest Airlines, The Berry Gordy Family Foundation, Union Bank and Verizon.

For more information about the Brotherhood Crusades “Navidad En El Barrio” Winter Wonderland event please feel free to visit the Brotherhood Crusade Website at www.brotherhoodcrusade.org or contact Stacy Hill-Williams at (323) 846-1649.

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