Ector County Young Lawyers Association Hosts "Holiday With Heroes" 12/15/13
CBS 7 News
December 15, 2013
ODESSA-Ector County honored some of their very own local super heroes today.
The Ector County Young Lawyers Association teamed up with the City of Odessa and Harmony Home, to host their first "Holiday With Heroes" event.
The Ector County Young Lawyers Association (ECYLA) does a community service project each year, this year they decided to recognize both local law enforcement, and all children who've been involved in any part of the court system, as super heroes.
Amanda Navarette, the committee chairman of the ECYLA, wanted to give back to the hundreds of kids who are involved, and affected by the court system in one way, or another. That's when the idea to host a super hero get together came to mind.
"They usually encounter first responders and law enforcement in not so, you know, negative times, usually bad times. So we wanted to give them an opportunity to interact in a positive environment," said Navarette.
Navarette says about 100 kids showed up throughout the day. There were plenty of fun games, all ran by those working in law enforcement such as, DPS Troopers, Deputies, Lawyers, and Fire Fighters. Some even had a fun time dressing up as their favorite super hero.
DPS Trooper Marco Caro, says he hopes this celebration becomes an annual event.
"We want to show kids we're here for more than just one reason, we're here to help them out, be their friends. If they need anything, to come up to us, we donít want kids to be afraid of us," said Caro.
Rose Vasquez and her grandchildren were just one of several families who were invited to attend todayís event.
A little over a year ago, Vasquez's five grand children lost both of their parents, and are now living with her. She says their family has been through a lot, and says it's nice to see and interact with local officers on a positive note.
"They're enjoying it (the event), and having a lot of fun. Just the smile on their faces, you know, I'm satisfied with that," said Vasquez.
Each kid left todayís event with presents, prizes, and plenty of delicious super hero treats.
Navarette says they hope to make this an annual event, and are happy that they could give these kids a special day full of fun, with real super heroes who fight to protect them day in and day out.