Dodgers hold virtual birthday celebration for children experiencing homelessness

January 29th, 2021

LOS ANGELES– The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted their third annual birthday party last night for youth at the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles and Hope Gardens in Sylmar in partnership with Worthy of Love, a non-profit organization that provides unforgettable birthday parties for children experiencing homelessness. Dodger pitchers Tony Gonsolin and Josiah Gray joined in the virtual fun and games and sang Happy Birthday to the kids. The one-hour celebration also included virtual visits from kid-favorite television mascots, a dance off, art projects, a kid-friendly blue science experiment and 400 meals provided by Dodger partner California Pizza Kitchen.

“Every kid deserves to have a special birthday celebration and seeing the unbridled joy on the faces of these kids makes this party a highlight each year,” said Naomi Rodriguez, Dodger Vice President of External Affairs and Community Relations. “The work of Worthy of Love is so important because every kid and every birthday is worth celebrating, especially during these challenging times, and we thank our partner California Pizza Kitchen for helping to make this such a memorable and festive occasion.”

“The Los Angeles Dodgers are making birthday wishes come true yet again for families experiencing homelessness. They are World Champions not only for being a phenomenal baseball team, but for their love and servitude to our community,” said Mary Davis, Executive Director, Worthy of Love. “Our third Annual Worthy of Love Dodger Birthday Party will not be at the stadium this year, but the spirit of hope, worthiness and resiliency will be felt throughout Skid Row and all over Los Angeles. Even though we are apart our hearts bleed blue together.”