For More Information: Cris Arzate cell (213) 308-9995
65th Annual Gift Giveaway Will Bring Smiles to Kids in Boyle Heights Community
Members of the Board, Funders and Other Friends Join In to Share Holiday Spirit
(Boyle Heights) Every December, children in the Boyle Heights community wait with excitement for the Annual Gift Giveaway held by the Variety Boys and Girls Club (VBGC). In fact, some spend the night waiting with their parents to be some of the first in line to receive an assortment of gifts ranging from snacks and other goodies, school supplies, small and large toys, balls, clothing and other gifts for kids.
That day is just around the corner and members of the VBGC Board will be joined by funders and other community members to hand out nearly 15,000 items to the low income children in the neighborhood.
Approximately 1100 children will receive gifts on Saturday, Dec. 13th with another 500 receiving gifts and holiday cheer at the organization’s satellite office at Pueblo del Sol later in the month. For many of the children this is their only opportunity for their family to receive gifts during the holiday season.
The gifts are generously donated by Diamond Supply Co., individual donors, corporate partners like Far East National Bank, Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California and other local businesses.
WHAT: 65th Annual Toy Giveaway
WHO: Cris Arzate, Executive Director, Variety Boys & Girls Club (VBGC) and Javier Valenzuela, President, VBGC Board of Directors
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
WHERE: Variety Boys & Girls Club 2530 Cincinnati Street, 90033
Note to media: Parking is available at 345 North Fickett Street, at the corner of Fickett and East Cesar Chavez Avenue. Cincinnati Street is one block north of Cesar Chavez. Please contact the Club if you’d like to speak to the staff, board or Club Members before or during the Gift Giveaway.
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About The Club: The mission of the Variety Boys & Girls Club is to provide innovative and stimulating academic, leadership and recreational programming in a safe and nurturing environment to the underserved children and families in the historic Boyle Heights community. The Club was founded by Variety Club the Children’s Charity of Southern California and is a trusted nonprofit organization that has served at-risk children in Boyle Heights since 1949. The Club, which has served over 70,000 young people with high quality academic, recreational and social activities, has been transitioning from a swim-and-gym facility to one that emphasizes academics and leadership to ensure brighter futures for its youth.