USS Foundation Holds Special Events for Underprivileged Children in Seven States
In the spirit of the season, the Universal Surveillance Systems Foundation (USS Foundation) helped to support underprivileged children across the country through their Adopt-A-Bike, Thanksgiving Dinner, Casa Colina and Feed the Homeless programs during November and December.
Just in time for the holidays, the USS Foundation donated 700 new bicycles to children from low-income families in Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri through the USS Foundation’s second annual Adopt-A-Bike program events
One hundred students at each school received their bikes just in time for the holiday season. The students were selected by the schools based on good citizenship, academics and attendance. Funding was provided through the generosity of donors and businesses including Two Men and a Truck who transported the bikes at no cost.
“These children have high hopes for the future, and it is important to help them achieve their dreams,” said Adel Sayegh, founder of the USS Foundation. “ Unfortunately, the economy has made it difficult for some children to receive transportation to and from school and that is the reason behind our Adopt-A-Bike program. We want to give children the means of transportation to school. Our children are the future and we have to instill in them the importance of education.”
The USS Foundation also donated 100 complete Thanksgiving dinners to 100 low-income families the week of Thanksgiving in Fontana, CA. “The smiles and unbelievable gratitude left me speechless,” said Sayegh. “This is an incredible program that we will expand next year to more families in need.”
December also marked the annual holiday dinner for homeless families provided by the USS Foundation and hosted by USS employees at the First Lutheran Church in Ontario, CA. Over 100 people enjoyed dinner, and dozens of overjoyed children were treated to toys donated by USS employees.
As in past years, the USS Foundation held an annual holiday party at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona, CA, where dozens of disabled children and their families celebrated the holidays with a pizza luncheon, holiday-themed crafts and presents delivered by Santa. Because many of these families are financially strapped by medical bills, the event and the presents were the highlight of the season. “It’s so important to give back, especially to those who have so little,” said Sayegh. “God bless these little ones. My heart goes out to them and their families.”
For more information, photos of the events or to donate, visit the USS Foundation’s website at www.ussfoundation.org.