For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, Universal Studios Hollywood has returned to hosting their annual “Day of Giving” philanthropic event, where Universal employees are given the chance to volunteer to serve hundreds of homeless schoolchildren through the Assistance League of Los Angeles’s Operation School Bell before welcoming them into the park for a fun day that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to receive.

Nearly 300 children arrived via school buses in the morning to first pick up an assortment of new clothing, books, and school supplies – including tennis shoes, school uniforms, jackets, and backpacks – along with their very own Minion plush to accompany them on their day at the theme park.

After receiving all of these new items, the children were at last invited into the park to experience all of the rides, shows, and movie magic to bring smiles to their faces and conclude this heartfelt day. Along with the children from Operation School Bell, this event also supports numerous other non-profit organizations, including Covenant House, MEND Foodbank, The Foster Children’s Resource Center, and Project Angel Food.

As always, we thank Universal for inviting us out to cover this wonderful event and working to make the Los Angeles community a little bit brighter through hosting days like this one.