“It was actually started by a business associate of mine in honor of a fireman who’d lost his life in 9/11,” said Krista Baroudi, Cove Suites CEO, about the origin of the event she hosts.” It’s kind of morphed into a random act of kindness.”
This year’s event focused on 75 young children brought in from St. Vincent.
“We do pizza, presents, balloons and Santa Claus,” said Baroudi. “La Jolla Kiwanis gave us a very generous donation this year, as did Bowers Jewelers. A lot of people come together for this event.”
Trenton Bonner of La Jolla Kiwanis said the service club was glad to pitch in.
“We were happy and able to provide a little money for the gifts and to support Krista, who has been putting this on for years,” Bonner said.
Most pleased of all at the event were members of the San Diego Harley Davidson group like Robin Parker, who brought children’s gifts from Wal-Mart and passed them out to the children on the La Jolla Cove Suites’ rooftop.
A table full of gender-specific toys — dolls and lipstick banks for girls, board games, cars and trucks for boys, were laid out in front of Parker.
“Fun’s not the word,” Parker said when asked what the charity event means to her. “This is the happiest I am every year, right here, right now — to be with my family, meet all these kids and to see their faces light up.”
When the kids arrived in limos escorted by Harleys, it was a mob scene in front of the oceanfront hotel.
But it was all in fun, all for the spirit of the season and all for the benefit of the underprivileged.