Heroes for Hire make volunteer appearances to inspire kids


>>WHOA! ERIKA: WHEN SUPERGIRL, ANT-MAN
AND CAPTAIN AMERICA SUDDENLY
SHOW UP, IT’S A THRILL.>>WHAT’S UP? YOU LIKE MY STAR? ERIKA: KIDS AT CHILDREN’
SERVICES OF ROXBURY, OR CSR,
TREATED TO THIS SURPRISE VISIT,
GETTING A CHANCE TO FEEL SUPER
THEMSELVES.>>PUT IT ON. YOU WANT HELP? ERIKA: CSR HAS BEEN HELPING
LOCAL FAMILIES FOR 50 YEARS.>>WE SERVE HOMELESS FAMILIES,
BRINGING THEM SHELTER AND
PERMANENT HOUSING, WE ALSO HAVE
A LARGE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
DEPARTMENT. WE ALSO HAVE A DAYCARE CENTER
AND EARLY EDUCATION. ERIKA: THIS TEAT FOR THE KIDS,
COURTESY HEROES FOR HIRE, BUT
UNDER THE COSTUMES ARE
VOLUNTEERS WHO SEEK OUT WORTHY
CAUSES TO SUPPORT.>>ALL THE KIDS GET REALLY SUPER
EXCITED AND THEY’RE JUMPING OUT
OF THEIR SHOES TO TRY TO GET
OVER THERE AND TAKE A PICTURE
WITH U
ERIKA: THE CAST VARIES DEPENDING ON THE DAY. THEY’VE GIVEN THEIR TIME AT
SPECIAL OCCASIONS FOR THE HOME
FOR LITTLE WANDERERS, TOYS FOR
TOTS AND MORE. THEY FIRST CONNECTED WITH CSR
FOR A BIG PEACE OF MIND EVENT ON
BOSTON COMMON.>>THE HEROES FOR HIRE CAME
ABOUT AND SUPPORTED US,
INTERACTED WITH OUR FAMILIES AND
CHILDREN, THEY WERE FANTASTIC. ERIKA: THIS MONTH THEIR SCHEDULE
IS PACKED WITH APPEARANCES.>>WE HAVE ONE EVERY SINGLE
WEEKEND, WE’RE DOING THE SPECIAL
OLYMPICS IN BOTH WORCESTER AND
MARLBORO. ERIKA: BRIANNA LEONARDO, OR
SUPERGIRL, IS A STUDENT AT UMASS
BOSTON. SHE HELPS ORGANIZE THE GROUP. SHE SAYS IT’S ALL ABOUT ENGAGING
KIDS’ IMAGINATIONS AND
EMPOWERMENT.>>I ACTUALLY MET A LITTLE GIRL
WHO TOLD ME HOW CAN I BE
POWERFUL TOO, BECAUSE THE BOYS
TELL ME I’M NOT STRONG LIKE
THEM. ERIKA: MANY REALLY DO BELIEVE.>>THEY THINK I’M THE REAL
THING, AND THEY TRY TO DO THE
REGULATOR AND THEY ASK IF I CAN
SHRINK.>>WE TRY TO STAY IN CHARACTER
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. WE HAVE FUN WITH IT. ERIKA: HEROES FOR HIRE RECENTLY
JOINED THE CONFETTI FOUNDATION,
AN ORGANIZATION THAT THROWS
BIRTHDAY PARTIES FOR KIDS IN
AREA HOSPITALS. FIND OUT MORE ON WCVB.COM. ERIKA TARANTAL, WCVB NEWSCEN

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