14340 Bolsa Chica Road, Unit C, Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 894-5450
(714) 894-5424
The 911 for Kids Kathy Ireland Children’s Christmas Celebration
Since 1986, Athletes & Entertainers for Kids® (“AEFK”) and 9-1-1 for Kids has hosted a holiday event for thousands of disenfranchised parentless children.
This annual event is hosted by lifestyle designer Kathy Ireland who helps to provide these ailing children with the opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a warm and loving family setting.
RATIONALE FOR PROGRAM
  • About 16,000 people die annually due to homicide in the U.S. and approximately 71% are between the ages of 17 and 44. The result is thousands of children losing a parent through violence.
  • 1,363 victims of 9/11 were identified as the parents of 2,752 bereaved children.
  • The number of parentless children has increased from 3.7% in 1980 to 4.1%.
  • A study in 1999 estimated that 1.9 million children under the age of 18 have lost one or more parent.
  • As of May 2006, an estimated 1,600 American children have lost a parent(s) to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • As of November 2006, there were an estimated 500,000 orphans of LIVING parents.
  • In 2004, over 1,000 children registered with The Twin Towers Orphan Fund for assistance as a result of having been orphaned in the 9/11 attack.
  • In 2003, 186,000 deportations left tens of thousands of children with a missing parent or parents.
  • In 2000, 1.5 million U.S. children had an incarcerated parent. Between 1990-2001, the number of women in prison increased by 106%.
  • 97,376 children in the U.S. were left motherless by AIDS through 1998.
In the United States, 20.8 percent of children under 18 are poor, and 25 percent of children under age six live in poverty. This is twice the child-poverty rate of any other industrial country, and poverty is the leading cause of hunger in the U.S. On any given day in America, 900,000 children, some as young as seven, are engaged in child labor; many children are engaged in child prostitution; 131,000 are parentless; 27 kids die from causes associated with poverty, and 3 die from abuse or neglect (at least two of which are under 5 years old).
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM
Youngsters enjoy a holiday wonderland of entertainment, games, holiday arts & crafts,story time, sing-a-long, meet & greet with celebrities, and a visit from Santa who presents a gift to each child. The event incorporates disaster & emergency preparedness and response education through play & entertainment. 911 for Kids, the CHP, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire, LA & Orange County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments feature critical disaster information through strategic games and activities to reinforce life-saving safety planning information.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM
The first Holiday Children’s Celebration (“Celebration”) was held at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles for 400 youngsters. Members of the L.A. Raiders, Lakers and Kings, along with USC and UCLA athletes all joined together to help brighten the lives of children at the inaugural year. From 1987-1998 the Century Plaza Hotel and Tower served as the home for the Celebration. In 1995 Kathy Ireland began her service as the event chairperson. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia hosted in 1999. Then from 2000 to 2002 the Nestle Ice Cream Company in City of Industry created an incredible Celebration carnival. The Queen Mary hosted the event in 2003 on their legendary ship. Since 2004 the Yard House Restaurants adopted the Celebration and host the event on the first Saturday of December (closing their restaurant) at their Irvine Spectrum. The Yard House enlisted the support of the Improv Club and the Irvine Company.Since its inception, over 15,000 children ages 4 to 12 have been served through the Holiday Children’s Celebration.
WHERE DO THE CHILDREN COME FROM?
Southern California – state, county and city agencies & homes, foster care, faith-based organizations and other community-base programs serving disenfranchised children who are orphaned, abandoned or removed from their parents.
WHERE DO THE VOLUNTEERS COME FROM?
Law enforcement agencies, fire departments, 9-1-1 communication centers, businesses & corporations, colleges and trade schools; faith-based organizations; service clubs and other community groups.
EVENT QUICK FACTS
Founded: 1986
Number of Children Served Since 1986: 15,000
Age of Children: 4-12 years of age
Ethnic Profile: 49% Hispanic / 45% African-American / 4% White /
1 % Native American / 1% Asian/Pacific Islanders
DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

Welcome & Morning Program – The 350 children are greeted curbside by safety heroes, fire trucks & other emergency vehicles and the respective public safety officials. Children are organized into 10 rotation groups headed by 2 volunteer leaders. Local public safety agencies present a fun-packed program of safety information complete with the K-9 patrol in the Improv Club! Rotation groups are then dismissed to walk next door to the wonderland waiting for them at the Yard House!
Five Holiday Activities – Rotation groups move through 5 incredible holiday activities, and arts & crafts.
Treasure Chest lunch box – Executive Chef CarlitoJocson creates a special lunch box full of nutritious yet fun items. The rotation groups rotate through the lunch area as part of the program of activities.
Afternoon Program – All groups move back to the Improv where they are met with a thunderous beat of holiday tunes and an all-star sing-a-long team! After singing holiday songs, the children sit back and enjoy storybook readings from Kathy Ireland and other celebrities. Then without a word Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive, hugging the children. Each child has the opportunity to meet Santa, receive a gift, have a photo taken, and receive a terrific gift bags and a ticket to ride the carousel or Ferris wheel!

ABOUT THE KATHY IRELAND CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
CELEBRATION is free of charge. Children must be a client or resident of one of our approved social service-welfare agencies, and community-based organizations.

YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS SERVED (since 1986)

  • A Place Called Home
  • ABC Foster Family Agency
  • Advantage Foster Families
  • Angels Charity
  • Angels Flight
  • Best Buddies
  • Beta
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters – OC
  • Big Brothers/Sisters – LA
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Breaking the Bonds of Silence
  • C.O.P.E.S.
  • Ca Heart Connection
  • California Medical Center
  • Cal-Learn
  • Canyon Acres Residential Center
  • Casita de San Jose
  • Child Net Youth & Family Services
  • Children and Youth Services (CYS)
  • Children’s Hospital Orange County
  • Compton Family Tennis
  • Concept 7 Foster Family
  • County of Orange Social Service
  • Agency
  • CSP Youth Center
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Eggleston Youth Center
  • Eli Home

YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS SERVED (since 1986)

  • Family Solutions
  • First AME Church
  • Florence Crittenden Services
  • Foshay Learning Center
  • Foster Care Auxiliary
  • Guardians- Love Foster Family
  • Hannah’s House
  • HELP (Homeless Education Liaison Project)
  • Homes of Hope Foster (LA)
  • Homes of Hope Foster (West Covina)
  • Hope 4 Kids
  • Hudson Lyndsey Group Home
  • Jewish Big Brothers
  • Kids Konnected
  • Kinship Center
  • L.A. County Dept. of Children’s Services
  • Little People’s Grove
  • Los Angeles Children’s Hospital
  • Maxine Waters Employment Centre
  • Miller Children’s Hospital
  • Momma Hill’s Help
  • New Alternatives
  • North Orange County BOT #46
  • OC Foster Care
  • OC Foster Parents
  • Kids’ Cancer Connection

About the KATHY IRELAND CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

  • Family Solutions
  • First AME Church
  • Florence Crittenden Services
  • Foshay Learning Center
  • Foster Care Auxiliary
  • Guardians- Love Foster Family
  • Hannah’s House
  • HELP (Homeless Education Liaison Project)
  • Homes of Hope Foster (LA)
  • Homes of Hope Foster (West Covina)
  • Hope 4 Kids
  • Hudson Lyndsey Group Home
  • Jewish Big Brothers
  • Kids Konnected
  • Kinship Center
  • L.A. County Dept. of Children’s Services
  • Little People’s Grove
  • Los Angeles Children’s Hospital
  • Maxine Waters Employment Centre
  • Miller Children’s Hospital
  • Momma Hill’s Help
  • New Alternatives
  • North Orange County BOT #46
  • OC Foster Care
  • OC Foster Parents
  • Kids’ Cancer Connection