Helping the Community
Talyssa Gonzales | 1/21/12

Dreary rain turned into warm sunshine and smiles on January 21 as the CP3 Foundation partnered with Jordan Brand, Feed The Children the Los Angeles Clippers Foundation to provide food and personal care items for 800 families at the Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth and Community Center in South Los Angeles.

“This is my new home. Anything I can do to help out here, I’m going to do.” Clippers guard Chris Paul said after arriving at the event.

Clippers staff, season ticket holders, Salvation Army staff and members of the CP3 foundation teamed up to hand out care packages to needy families in the surrounding South Los Angeles communities.

“I don’t think the people in our community really expected this,” Executive Director of the Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth and Community Center, Mortimer Jones said. “People probably didn’t believe it was true.”

Every family received three boxes, a 25lb box of non-perishable food items, a box of personal care items and a box of AVON products. Kids in attendance also received books courtesy of the Clippers Read to Achieve program.

The counseling center at the Siemon Family Salvation Army branch provides services for families in the surrounding communities and helps them with child care, job services, and various other free counseling assistance that might not otherwise be available to families in need. The center is responsible for selecting the families that received the donated items.

“They helped us to the car, and I thought that was very nice,” said Velma D., a senior in attendance. “I appreciate what they did, looking out for the needy.”

“We’re thankful to be able to do this and appreciative to the people helping us do it,” said Charles Paul, Chris Paul’s father and one of the founders of the CP3 Foundation. “We never thought we could do this on this scale.”

Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation strives to impact communities by enhancing and promoting education, health, sports and social responsibility for youth and families. The foundation was started by Chris Paul’s parents, Robin and Charles Paul in 2006, and its original purpose was to create a scholarship to assist children from low-income households with educational costs and tuition.

“It started out as a scholarship, but we just saw so much need in the community for more.” Robin said. “To see somebody who is in need, and you have the ability to help them—that’s what we’re on this earth for.”

Contributions from the CP3 Foundation include free basketball clinics, resource centers, yearly participation with the Make- A- Wish Foundation and perhaps Chris Paul’s favorite program, the CP3 Afterschool Zone, which provides a place for kids to spend time while their parents are still at work. Even more remarkable is the fact that the foundation has managed to reach multiple communities in New Orleans, North Carolina and now Los Angeles.

Contributions from the CP3 Foundation include free basketball clinics, resource centers, yearly participation with the Make and Wish Foundation and perhaps Chris Paul’s favorite program, the CP3 Afterschool Zone, which provides a place for kids to spend time while their parents are still at work. Even more remarkable is the fact that the foundation has managed to reach multiple communities in New Orleans, North Carolina and now Los Angeles.

“My mother, my father, my brother, my wife and my son, I’m really blessed to have them, and God has really put us in a position to help the community.” Chris Paul said.

Season ticket holders not only volunteered their time, but one of them volunteered her services as well. Chanda Westmoreland has been a Clippers season ticket holder for two years and a certified massage therapist for 16 years. She and a friend own a mobile massage business called Therapy 360.

“I just love to [volunteer] because that’s what we do. We help people. Usually when we volunteer for an event, we clear the schedule for the whole day, and after the event is over, we provide free massages for the other volunteers who come out to help the community. It’s our way of giving back to them.” Westmoreland said.

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