On Dec. 19, the Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Los Angeles Kings hockey organization will be teaming up to make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families in need. Every holiday season, the Child Abuse Prevention Center holds its Families Helping Families Campaign to connect its clients who are at risk for child abuse with community resources for holiday gifts and meals. This year, the LA Kings have adopted 127 children and parents for the holidays and are hosting a holiday skate party for them.
Child Abuse Prevention Center Executive Director, Scott Trotter is a big fan. “The Kings play a great role in our community, and for our families. I love these guys because this team goes well beyond winning games, they see their responsibility broader, they take the time to reach into our community and make the holidays happen. For these 28 families, the stress of affording gifts and meals just turned into a reason to celebrate. Fortunately this year, “We 3 Kings" has become 26 LA Kings," commented Trotter.
On Dec. 19, the families adopted by the LA Kings will have a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the players, take a spin around the ice rink at the Toyota Sports Center and open gifts generously donated by the LA Kings players' families, coaches and staff.
"All players, coaches, broadcasters and staff look forward to this event each year", said Kings Captain Dustin Brown. "Spending time with these families and assisting those in need, is what truly makes the holidays a special time."
The Child Abuse Prevention Center directly serves at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse. The Prevention Center's early intervention programs have well-documented records of strengthening and improving parent-child relationships and working to prevent abuse before it occurs. Since 1983, the Prevention Center has served more than 200,000 Southern California residents – including nearly 15,000 children, 3,800 parents and 4,300 families in the last year alone. For additional information, please visit the Prevention Center's web site at www.BrightFutures4Kids.org.