Christmas In July
Despite the 80-degree heat, local children in Los Angeles received a winter treat on July 15, 2009 at the Union Rescue Mission’s annual “Christmas in July” event.
Local underprivileged families that reside at the Mission took part in the Subway-sponsored event that provided them a free lunch – including Subway sandwiches, free popcorn, and snow cones – and, of course, a gift from Santa Clause.
Other interactive entertainment at the event included miniature golf, a dunk tank, and a football toss. Santa, Sparky, the Grinch, and the Subway mascot all made appearances at the event as well. Twenty tons of imported snow was shipped to the site of the event to provide a winter ambiance.
According to those in attendance, the annual event was once again a huge success.
“I think it is beautiful,” parent and current resident of the Mission Alitha Chism said. “It is something all of the kids needed. If they just have one day of fun, it stays with them for a long time. I really appreciate it.”
When asked what he enjoys most about the event, Rev. Andy Bales, the CEO of URM, said a single, distinctive image came to mind.
“The kids’ joy and smiles,” Bales replied. “Many of them get to experience snow for the first time and it’s certainly their first snowball fight.”
Hopefully, with the continued support of the Sparks, Subway, and the URM, it won’t be their last.