The Richie-Madden Holiday Party

Saturday December 22, 2007

In follow-up to their launch earlier this month of the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, Nicole and Joel hosted a holiday party for hundreds of children and their families from Beyond Shelter.

“It’s hard to believe there are so many homeless families on the streets in our own neighborhoods,” said Nicole. “Estimates are that 25,000 families with 75,000 children are homeless in Los Angeles each year, and it’s getting worse. So it was a no-brainer for us to pull this party together for them for the holidays.”

The children enjoyed a fun-filled day at Paramount Studios surrounded by teddy bears, cookies, cupcakes, face-painting, balloon clowns, holiday music, Santa Claus, elves, presents and more.

“When Nicole and I learned that Los Angeles has the highest number of homeless people in the country, we knew we had to do something to help,” said Joel. “Shelters in Los Angeles are full, which means homeless families have to sleep in their cars, ride buses all night or stay with their children in fast-food restaurants because they have nowhere else to go.”

“We want to do much more to address the homeless issue, especially where it puts children at risk,” Nicole said. “But for now, we can at least try to help them have a merry Christmas by giving them teddy bears and getting them fitted for shoes. That’s something we can do right now, today.”

Nicole and Joel created for the children a massive teddy bear mountain of 500 Cuddle Cubs, donated by Cloud B. Stride Rite, the event sponsor provided new shoes for all the children. BabyCenter also provided support for the event.

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