An extra special gift was presented to one particular family in need—a brand new 2020 Kia Optima. They were brought to tears as Dream Center co-founder Matthew Barnett and Shawn Meaike of Family First Life Insurance, the sponsor for the evening’s activities, announced they had just been awarded a new car. This family has benefited from the Dream Center’s residential recovery program, and with this new car the family received, they’ll now have transportation to and from work.
Along with Family First Life, the Justin Turner Foundation, iHeartRadio and AM 570 also made this special evening a possibility for parents and children across Los Angeles. Justin Turner himself, the Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman, was joined by his wife to help ensure every child went home with a gift.
After enjoying the many holiday activities prepared for them, children from neighborhoods across Los Angeles—many of them bused in for the evening—were showered with presents as they made their way home. It was the largest Christmas giveaway to take place at the Dream Center to date.