Christmas in July planned at USC campus

Event is sponsored by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell

OW Staff Writer | 7/13/2017, midnight

Thanks to strong local support, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell on Saturday will present laptops and scooters to 150 at-risk children during a free carnival that includes food, games, rides, medical screenings, athletic challenges and enough outdoor fun to inspire Santa to buy sunscreen.

Dubbed “Christmas in July,” Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, is hosting the event to brighten the lives of at-risk children by providing them donated gifts, free dental and vision screenings, and ‘fun zones’ where children and their families can learn about education, the environment and literacy by rock climbing, sumo wrestling, playing in an inflated ‘bounce house’ and visiting onsite health, science and literacy labs to help raise awareness on subjects like healthy eating and financial literacy.

Nearly 150 at-risk youths aged 7-12 and their families are expected to join Sen. Mitchell. Recipients are nominated by local schools and social agencies.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday; games and events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presentation of laptops and scooters begins at 1 p.m.

The event will be held on The McCarthy Quad on the USC campus, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, 90089.

For more information, visit Sen. Mitchell’s website, www.sen.ca.gov/Mitchell

Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature for more than six years, she represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. See a map of Mitchell’s district that includes a demographic breakdown of its residents on the website.