Book of Dreams: Children will be rolling with Christmas gifts

For the 147 children who attended the Friends-CARE Christmas party, this holiday season will prove to be an active one.

Every child went home from the event Dec. 14 with a scooter or skateboard, thanks to generous donations from Sacramento Bee readers. Friends-CARE, a nonprofit organization that provides services, educational workshops, support and resources to the at-risk children and families of the incarcerated, had asked Book of Dreams to donate $2,500 to purchase the gifts.

“Everyone was extremely happy,” said Dorothy Montgomery, the organization’s executive director. “Skateboards and scooters are good for a lot of this community because transportation is limited. This way, the kids can get to school or go on up the street to the store for Mom.”

Many of the households lack a second adult, and a lot of the caregivers are grandmothers, she said.

“It was very appreciated,” she said.

The party, held at Centennial United Methodist Church, also was a learning opportunity.

Probation officials were there to give a presentation, as well as Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department mounted patrol, West Sacramento Police Department K9 representatives and other law enforcement officials.