Annual Holiday Carnival Brings Joy of the Season to Children and Families in Need

Dr. Barbara Firestone, Help Group President & CEO, and Gary H. Carmona, Chairman of The Help Group Board, with Santa Claus, joined by children served by The Help Group

The holiday spirit was abound at The Help Group’s Sherman Oaks campus this season! On Saturday, December 14th, The Help Group once again hosted its annual Holiday Carnival for over 1,100 young people and families served by our Family-Centered Support Programs, Mental Health & Clinical Programs and Residential Services.

Hasbro, a longstanding supporter of The Help Group, continued its gracious tradition of donating toys and games to the Carnival so that children attending could take home a wrapped gift. As is tradition, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® provided coffee and hot cocoa for attendees – much needed warm beverages on a winter’s day. This year, volunteers from Hulu generously donated their time by overseeing a very popular arts and crafts section of the Holiday Carnival.

The Help Group’s Sherman Oaks campus was transformed into a magical winter wonderland filled with games, rides, face painting, a Ferris wheel, a petting zoo, food vendors, and of course, a most memorable visit with Santa Claus. The spirit of giving back was in the air, with young people from The Help Group’s Kids Like Me programs passing out presents to children attending the carnival.

“We are so appreciative to Hasbro, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Hulu, and the over 100 volunteers and staff who made this year’s Holiday Carnival a truly wonderful day for the children and families served by The Help Group,” said Dr. Barbara Firestone, Help Group President & CEO.


#2) Oscar Valadez, Sr. Director of Finance and Operations, Dr. Susan Berman, Help Group COO, Iga Gaj, Senior Director, Intensive Family Programs at The Help Group, Elena Brewer, Vice President of Operations, The Help Group

#3) Gary H. Carmona, Chairman of The Help Group Board, with longtime friend of The Help Group, Mike Berk