NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – For the second consecutive year, CSUN Athletics lent a collective hand to the annual Dignity Health Northridge Hospital “Helping Hands Holiday Jam” Event for Children during the week of December 7-11.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northridge Hospital Foundation and Northridge Hospital Medical Center were not able to host the “Helping Hands” Holiday Jam in the same fashion as they have done for the past 19 years.

In years past, the Foundation and the Hospital, in partnership with many community partners and donors, turned an ordinary parking lot into a child’s holiday extravaganza with carnival games, arts and crafts, food, a visit and photo with Santa, and a bag full of gifts to take home.

This year, the Foundation and the Hospital, along with community partners and donors, delivered over 350 gift bags to students at five local elementary schools. Each child received a bag full of Christmas toys to take home. These children are part of the “Title1/No Child Left Behind” program that provides financial assistance to local agencies for the education of children of low-income families. For many of these children, this may be their only Christmas.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the 20th Annual “Helping Hands Holiday Jam Event,” said Will Carter, CSUN’s General Manager of Matador Sports Properties. “CSUN Athletics appreciates our partnership with Dignity Health, and we are grateful to be involved in a community event that will have a positive impact on our youth.”