This year, instead of our traditional employee gift exchange, everybody here at Gunn/Jerkens will be donating a gift to Children Today, a local Long Beach charity that focuses on assisting homeless children. In addition, we’ll be volunteering for shifts at the charity’s gift store, which allows parents in need to “shop” for toys for their children as well as basic care items such as toiletries, towels and blankets. It’s a great program that helps make the holidays special for those that have hit hard times.
The goal of Children Today is “to increase the safety, stability and confidence of children facing homelessness, and provide quality early care and education programs absolutely free of charge.” They’ve opened two programs, Play House West and Play House North, free, licensed child development and daycare centers for children of ages six weeks to six years. As parents work on rebuilding their lives through programs at the Long Beach Multi-Service Center for the Homeless, they can feel confident that their children are being cared for in a safe, nurturing environment at no charge.
We feel very fortunate to be able to reach out to our local community, especially during the holiday season. If you’d like to learn more about Children Today, or if you’d like to make a donation, please visit childrentoday.org.