So many impoverished inner city children received toys packed specifically for them at Los Angeles’ biggest Christmas Toy Party at the Fred Jordan Mission on Saturday, December 16.
Everything from skateboards, dolls, balls, stuffed animals and every type of toy imaginable will be handed out by volunteer elves. This loving and thoughtful Family Christmas Celebration was held at the Fred Jordan Mission, at 445 Towne Avenue, on the corner of East 5th and Towne, in downtown Los Angeles.
Over 10,000 children and families attended. The party also included a memorable Christmas show featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse*singing Christmas Carols, courtesy of The Walt Disney Company.
Friends of Disney greeted the children, and escorted them to the Toy Giveaway tables where each child received a variety of toys, blankets, hats, mittens and socks. Furthermore, each mother received a Christmas dinner food bag filled with fresh turkeys or chickens, fresh vegetables and fruit, and enough food to feed their family a special Christmas dinner.
Volunteer elves and donations with companies and organizations from all over the southland included:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The Walt Disney Company, Deloitte, Feed the Children, Galpin Motors, Crespi High School, Performance Bonding Surety & Insurance, Worley Parsons, Wilshire Blvd Temple, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Paradigm LA, Karl Storz Endoscopy America, Inc, Children’s Hunger Fund, Nature’s Best, Local 848, Shelter Partnership, Freeman Beauty, Wood Gutman & Bogart, Big Sunday, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bessie Rush Johnson, Aryzta, Pastor Jimmy and US Games Distribution, Inc.
Every day the Mission clothes and feeds the hungry and homeless. Unfortunately, the Mission is facing a budget deficit and unless our donations increase and people contribute, we will be faced with some hard choices about how many people we can continue to help. At the same time, homelessness in Los Angeles has grown by 80 percent and in the past year alone, it rose by 23 percent.
Authorities say that an average of 57,794 people in Los Angeles County are now homeless.
If people are able to help, they can call:
PLEASE PHONE: 1-626-915-1981 to donate.
DONATE ONLINE: www.fjm.org
PO BOX 12345, Covina, CA 91722
Major Credit Cards gratefully accepted. Donations are tax-deductible
The Fred Jordan Missions, open 365 days a year since 1944, feeds hundreds of hungry people and provides assistance to impoverished individuals and families. The Mission is a non-profit, faith-based, educational and relief organization that focuses on education, job training, and self-reliance.