ANAHEIM -- Angels outfielder Vernon Wells and his wife, Charlene, purchased five suites for children from Orange's Project HOPE School to attend Thursday's game.
Project HOPE -- Homeless Outreach Program in Education -- is a county-run school aimed at assisting children without permanent homes in their transition into the mainstream education system.
Wells first learned about the Project HOPE through a TV documentary.
"We want to get involved with things locally since we're here now," he said. "It's important for us to give back to where we play."
Helping out with the HOPE program is a perfect cause for Wells to help. In 2009 he founded the Perfect 10 Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to support and protect homeless children and single mothers. Its programs include the Redemption House, which aids homeless expectant mothers in terms of education and providing for their unborn child, and the Hope House, a stable living environment that helps homeless mothers with children under 14 on their way to self-sufficiency.
"It's [Project HOPE] something that fits into what we're doing with our foundation," Wells said. " ... It's a great program. Unfortunately a lot of these kids have to come into this world under harsh circumstances. It's great what they're doing and it's a program that we really want to be involved with the rest of the time that we're here."