Their brochure states in bold letters, "Bring Hope." Nearly 500 guests of Childhelp did just that last week in Orange County. The annual gathering, billed as "Christmas Through The Eyes Of A Child," unfolded at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Irvine. It raised a net $160,000 for the charity, which operates a home for abused and neglected children in Beaumont, in addition to numerous local facilities.
"Funds are in short supply this year; every dollar is crucial," devoted Childhelp National board member Patti Edwards said in an address to the crowd. "We so appreciate everything all of you here today have donated. Could I ask you each to consider making an additional donation of $20? We could raise another $9,000."
The ladies and gentlemen reached into their wallets to help make the difference. One woman, a new Childhelp member, decided to make a discernable difference. She donated $10,000 instead of a 20-dollar bill.