Giants welcome homeless families
to SBC Park
Photo(s) by Stephen Dorian
By Stephen Dorian Miner
December 17, 2005
Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants welcomed homeless
families to SBC Park for their Annual Holiday Party for Children
In its fifth year, the team opened up the ballpark's club level
to families from the Hamilton Family Center, St. Joseph's Village
Family Center and the Homeless Prenatal Program, for food, fun
All were treated to pizza from Amici's, gingerbread cookies -
which they could decorate themselves - including treats and special
guests for the children. Giants mascot Lou Seal entertained, served
pizza and posed for pictures, while Santa Claus greeted the guests
upon their arrival.
The Hamilton Family Center had approximately 65 children in attendance
according to the center's director Suzie Sheedy.
"The children were from about 45-50 families from our five
programs," Sheedy said.
Hamilton serves about 400-500 families yearly through its programs
and shelters. Kids were each given a gift bag of Giants merchandise
and members of the San Francisco Fire Department awaited the children,
handing out toys from a fire truck as they exited.
"The party is so much fun for the kids," Sheedy said.
The Giants gave every child a sweatshirt, a t-shirt and a baseball.
Always gracious hosts, the Giants offered their own version of
holiday cheer for the less fortunate families of San Francisco.
"Our client population is different every year, but once
the kids learn about the Giants party, they all want to go!"
Learn more about the center at www.hamiltonfamilycenter.org
and the Giants at www.sfgiants.com.