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Holiday Toy Drive a Fun, Feel-good Time
This past holiday season, two dozen volunteers from the Federation's Young Professional divisions banded together to help children in need. They formed the Toy Drive Committee, and set up 20 drop-off locations across the city and valley. Thanks to the generous support of the community, the Committee collected and donated over 4,000 toys. Recipient organizations and kids said:
“We want to thank you for the abundance of wonderful toys we received from your recent Holiday Toy Drive. We've had the pleasure of distributing these toys in hospitals and homes and we've seen firsthand how these gifts have provided much-needed joy to children who live with serious, life-threatening pediatric illness.” - Chai Lifeline
“On behalf of the children and families we serve, the Board of Directors and staff, I thank you for the coordination and distribution of gifts and toys collected by the various Jewish Leadership Divisions for the children and families we serve. As you can imagine, the holidays are particularly difficult for them but this donation will help brighten their holiday season.” -Aviva
Congrats to Todd Steiner, Darya Pollak, Heath Binder, Dan Weiser, Danielle Chayot, Allen Steiner, Shira Rockowitz, and Nikita Putnam on your big success!
Watch the video above and check out the photos below.
Organizations that received toys:
Aviva Family & Children’s Services Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Chai Lifeline Children Healthcare Services Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles & Camp Max Straus Jewish Family Service The Federation’s KOREH L.A. Literacy Program Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services And other worthwhile community holiday programs including: Temple Israel of Hollywood Christmas Dinner For The Hollywood Homeless, United Care Inc., People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Bear Necessities Backpack Program
Toy donor orgs:
Adat Ari El Beth Shir Sholom B'nai B'rith Tarzana Lodge Brentwood Country Club Congregation Kol Ami Edwin Cohan and friends El Caballero Country Club Emek Hebrew Academy Four Seasons General Merchandise Harkham Hillel Hillcrest Country Club JAKKS Pacific Jewish Business Leaders Roundtable Los Angeles Hebrew High School Nashuva Summit Entertainment Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Temple Menorah The Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance UCLA Hillel University Synagogue USC Hillel Young Israel of Century City