Basketball Wives to Host Toy Drive to Benefit Homeless Mothers Shelter

Since 1984, Good Shepherd Center has assisted the most vulnerable of the homeless population— women and children. GSC’s mission is to help homeless women rebuild their lives so they and their children will experience a brighter future. Through housing, employment and other supportive services, GSC offers women hope and the opportunity to achieve independence. In GSC’s 28 years of operation, they have impacted the lives of over 25,000 homeless women and children in the Los Angeles area. Each night, Good Shepherd Center houses up to 93 women and 40 children in their four residences. And now, Basketball Wives Gloria Govan and sister Laura are giving back to them!

Gloria Govan is the wife of Matt Barnes-LA Clippers, mother of twin boys and the youngest of nine children. The reality star/actress/author makes her film debut in the short film series CLEAN OPS, and she is the host of BACKSTAGE CONFIDENTIAL, an entertainment magazine show where she interviews comedians Kevin Hart, Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy and D.L. Hughley to name a few. Both are on The Comedy Shaq Network. Her debut cookbook entitled: GLORIA GOVAN: A Mixed Girl’s Recipes will be released digitally via iTunes and Amazon next year. Gloria graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Business Management.

Laura M. Govan is the wife of Gilbert Arenas, Professional Basketball Player, mother of four, the sister of Gloria and a Reality TV Star. Laura is a fitness enthusiast, she graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree – majoring in International Business, with a minor in Marketing & Economics. She also earned a Ph.D. in Sports Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Laura’s biggest and most rewarding task is that of motherhood and family: “I cook dinner for my man and my children every night, do the laundry, drive the kids to school, etc. I really am a modern day housewife.”

These two beautiful ladies are hosting a holiday TOY DRIVE to benefit the children of Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children on December 6th and 7th, to raise awareness of the great work GSC does in the community and to increase on line donations. For more info on GSC and on line donations go to:

Vanessa Bryant-Basketball Wife, Janice Hollis-Basketball Wife, Jada Paul-Basketball Wife, Mercedes Javid-Shahs Of Sunset on Bravo, Jermaine Jackson-The Life of Genie/Southland/My Name is Earl/Quarantine, John Marshall Jones-GLEE/Last Man Standing/Hart of Dixie/Pretty Littler Liar will also be on hand to help out with the event.

On day two of the drive, the toys donated to GSC from Gloria Govan and co-hosts will be delivered to the mothers to wrap. The hosts will take a tour of GSC, meet some of the mothers, wrap gifts with them and visit the on site culinary school. Gloria Govan will do a food demonstration for the mothers to encourage and inspire the mothers to pursue their culinary dreams.

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