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Homeless Kids Birthday Parties on Rooftop Are Nights to Remember

(Video via CBS News)

By    |   Monday, 16 July 2018 02:00 PM

Homeless kids are getting rooftop birthday parties with the help of Mary Davis, her husband Ari Kadin, and their nonprofit Worthy of Love, who have put on large events on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

The couple has been doing the monthly birthday parties for the past six years, starting with 15 children at the local Union Rescue Mission shelter, CBS News reported. More than 200 children attended their last party.

"We are in ground zero for Skid Row and children live here," Davis told CBS News. "So many children in Skid Row needed to feel important and loved. We didn't realize how much joy they were going to bring us, and that was so healing for me."

According to the Worthy of Love website, the party is designed to be more than just celebrating a birthday, but in the process validating the children's value and potential.

"We strive to bring hope to homeless children," the website states. "We believe by showing them they are worthy of love, they will be motivated to pursue their dreams.

"Our goal is to give them a night that they will never forget. You see their faces light up and smiles that warm your heart. They leave their worries at the door and bust a move on the dance floor. We couldn't do this without the generosity and dedication of our donors and volunteers," the website continues.

Brianna Randell celebrated her 12th birthday at party while her family was spending their second stint at the Union Rescue Mission.

"I still want them to live a normal life, you know?" her mother Crystan Randell told CBS News. "I don't want them to feel no kind of way because we're in a tough situation right now. I want them to still be kids."

Davis told Voyage LA in April that Worthy of Love was started after a miscarriage.

"My husband and I couldn't throw a birthday party for our own child so we decided to celebrate children who rarely get birthday parties," Davis said. "After losing our second baby to miscarriage in 2016, we felt the need more than ever to celebrate the precious kids in Skid Row. They have brightened our lives and we will always treat them like our own."

After celebrating the birthdays of some 6,000 children, the couple had their own, a girl, who will soon celebrate her first birthday in the same place, according to CBS News.

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