This month, the Los Angeles Rams partnered with Albertsons| Vons| Pavilions to host a PLAY 60 holiday party at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, an outreach ministry of Rescue Mission Alliance that provides housing and development programs for homeless men, women, children and families.
At the event, Rams cheerleaders, front office staff and mascot Rampage joined employee volunteers from Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions to host PLAY60 activities for 60 families in need.
After participating in PLAY 60 activities with volunteers, families were invited to a holiday dinner, where the Rams staff and Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions volunteers served beverages, hot meals and desserts to event attendees.
During the dinner, attendees participated in a raffle to win Rams memorabilia and prizes, with three families winning tickets to the Rams-49ers game on December 24. Families also were given a Hormel holiday ham and “adopt a family” gifts to take home for the holiday season.
“We're really grateful to have the Rams and Albertsons| Vons| Pavilions come together to be here to play with the kids,” explained Wade Trimmer, Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. “The families here are affected by homelessness, and it will be the highlight of their year to meet the mascot [Rampage] and the cheerleaders, have a hot meal and pick up some gifts.”
The Rescue Mission Alliance opened the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission in 2002 in an effort to address the need for a year round emergency shelter for homeless adults, children and families. As part of the shelter program, the mission also provides personalized plans for residents that focus on personal growth, employment and housing.
Martha Wright, a former rescue mission resident who successfully completed the program, shared, “Because you all took the time to do this, you have put joy in everyone's hearts, starting from the children to the grown-ups. For almost a whole day, you made us forget about the struggle we're going through being homeless. So as this evening comes to a close, believe in your hearts that each and every one of us is going to sleep with joy, not thinking of what we're going through or the struggles we face."
Since 2009, the Rams have hosted a monthly Staff Day of Service, where the front office staff volunteers with local non-profit organizations to create a positive impact in the local community. Since then, the Rams staff has provided more than 12,000 hours of community service.