'Mothers in Charge' throws Christmas event for kids touched by violence

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- For Philadelphia children touched by violence this year, "Mothers in Charge," a violence prevention organization, threw the ultimate holiday party.

From the DJ, dancing to dinner and presents, about 70 children walked away with a Christmas gift either donated by the 22nd Police District or a local organization.

"So many of these children, often we call them the forgotten mourners," said Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of Mothers in Charge.

"Tonight we wanted to put a smile on the faces of so many of the children who have lost their mom, or dad , a loved one."

Those in attendance even paused to pray for the family of Ceani Smalls, the 16-year-old shot to death while getting off a SEPTA bus this month.
Her mother was in attendance, still grieving the loss.

"It's important to let the families know that people care," said Johnson-Speight.

"When you lose a loved one you don't understand, you don't know that people care, and it's important to let them that we care, we're here to support them."
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