The Children Uniting Nations organization will hold “The Day of the Child,” an event recognizing Los Angeles County’s foster youth, and the foster parents, guardians, mentors and community members who provide support, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica Sunday, November 22nd.
The Day of the Child is considered one of the biggest events for foster children and mentors in the country, according to Children Uniting Nations.
The event is designed to bring awareness and support to the needs of children who, by no fault of their own, are living in and out of home care, according to the organization. Children Uniting Nations officials say the event is a way of letting foster children know that someone cares by providing mentors for the day.
The agency’s long-term goal is to get members of the community to dedicate two days a month to be a permanent mentor for these children.
Some of this year’s event performers include Aaron Carter, R&B artists Frankie J and Tierra Mari, and Mariah Wilson of “Dream Girls.” This event features rides, games, live entertainment, and food. At the end of the day, the children receive care packages including books, educational materials and every day necessities, which are donated by various organizations and companies.
“Day of the Child provides these children with a day filled with caring adults, rides, games, live entertainment and needed school supplies,” founder Daphna Ziman said. “It is such an important day for the thousands of voiceless foster and at-risk youth that we serve.”