April 8, 2009 – In the spirit of giving, Police Chief William Bratton and his wife, Ms. Rikki Klieman spent the morning at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles handing out Easter baskets to the children in the pediatric wing of the hospital. In conjunction with the Boyle Heights Community Action Team, the children were given baskets filled with stuffed animals, coloring books, toys and sweets. The Easter Bunny himself was also on hand, spreading the joy of the season.
Founded in 1913 by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, White Memorial Medical Center is a not-for-profit, faith based, teaching hospital, which provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services to communities in and near Downtown Los Angeles.
The Community Action Team is a group of community volunteers and residents who organize positive events that are informative, fun and partner kids, cops and community. The members belong to various organizations throughout Boyle Heights and speak out on public safety issues by attending Police Commission and City Council meetings in support of LAPD officers.