Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation adopts 61 families for Christmas
The way Scott Frisbie sees it, every child deserves to have a happy Christmas, especially those whose families have been impacted by domestic violence.
That’s why Frisbie, who owns McDonald’s restaurants in Orange County, donated plenty of food for the Adopt-A-Family event hosted by the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation on Friday, Dec. 16 in Anaheim.
The foundation serves as the fundraising arm for the Orange County Family Justice Center, which is made up of a law enforcement component that targets abusers and a component that provides resources to families and individuals who’ve been victimized.
The foundation also hosts programs throughout the county for children and adults who are victims or at risk of becoming a victim or abuser.
“As soon as we found out about the mission of the center, we wanted to help,” said Frisbie, who also adopted a few families and provided them with toys and all the goodies they’d need to insure a happy Christmas. “My kids are at home looking at their Christmas tree without a care in the world. But so many people aren’t as fortunate.”
Families filtered in and out of the center’s auditorium throughout the afternoon picking up bags of gifts. Kids were kept busy making Christmas crafts.
The highlight, of course, was a visit and photo op with Santa Claus.
Police cadets even provided transportation to families who had no way to get to the center to pick up their gifts.
The event has been held for at least eight years.
“It warms my heart,” said Anaheim PD Lt. Willie Triplett, commander of the justice center’s law enforcement unit. “This is a perfect example of how the police department comes together with community organizations to help those in need.”
Sixty-one families were adopted this year, translating to 264 people, said Tracy Theodore, executive director of the foundation.
A significant number of families were adopted by the Orange County Helping Hands Foundation, which provides food, clothing and other necessities to needy families.
“This is our biggest event of the year,” said Patty Lehmus, of Helping Hands. “Just being able to come and watch these families get their gifts … it reminds you of what Christmas is about.”