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Val Verde families adopted for the holidays


Posted: January 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.

AMS Fulfillment families and their children, from left to right, Paul Leyba, Michael Leyba, Paul Leyba Jr., Ana Leyba, Zuleika Hernandez, Dominic Portillo, Marco Pelaez, Betty Lou Wiseman, Ken Wiseman, Jay Catlin, Virginia Gilmore, Raul Domrique, Evelyn Ruiz, Ruth Molina, and Oscar Ruiz. Courtesy photo

Braces for a young child, bicycles for under the tree, clothing, shoes, toys, electronic gadgets, cooked Christmas dinners for 15 local adopted families, tears of joy from a mother seeing boxes of gifts to take to her home are among the scenes our staff was privileged to witness at Christmas. 

Staff from AMS Fulfillment gathered at the Val Verde community offices on Dec. 20 and exchanged gifts for smiles and hugs with 15 families that had been selected by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy Brian Rooney as deserving of some special attention this Christmas. 

Deputy Rooney oversees the Sheriff’s Youth Activity League Community center in Val Verde, where he and community members and parents work with over 300 children after school, and throughout the summer, to help these children grow in a nurtured community environment. 

Many of these youth, as adolescents, became employees at AMS Fulfillment, where a job program for their benefit was created.

“Knowing these energetic young adults, while becoming aware of the difficult living conditions from which many have endured, makes our staff sensitive to supporting this small community, that is practically in our back yard,” said Jay Catlin, president of AMS Fulfillment.

“Because of tonight, our lives are much richer,” Ken Wiseman, CEO of AMS, commented to his staff as leaving the community center that Friday night.

Editor’s Note: AMS Fulfillment has a tradition of adopting families for the holidays. During Thanksgiving, the company and its employees also distributed dinners to 31 families. Employee Raul Domrique, one of the first young people from Val Verde to join AMS, was recently named Chief Giving Officer for the company. Domrique’s duties will be to assist the company and its associates with their efforts to give back to the community.


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