This year’s holiday toy drive in the Los Angeles / South Coast Regions was a record-setting year thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, raising over $20,000 and providing new toys to more than 2,000 local children.
Santa’s Workshop, a time-honored tradition at the Hollygrove campus in Hollywood, California, was taken over by volunteers (aka Santa’s elves) to transform the cottages into a magical winter wonderland full of toys. Then, our clinical teams generously distributed the gifts in time for the holidays.
Meanwhile, in the San Gabriel Valley’s City of Industry, Pacific Clinics’ Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC) was overjoyed to co-host the second annual APFC x AlphaGenesis Holiday Robotics Christmas Extravaganza. Pizza, snacks, refreshments, a raffle giveaway, holiday music and a holiday-themed photo booth with festive photo props were provided to more than 130 guests, but “The Grinch Bot”, handcrafted by the AlphaGenesis 6436 Robotics team, stole the show when he delivered presents to the children in attendance.
“Thanks to the extraordinary philanthropic commitment and dedication of many community and corporate partners and volunteers, we achieved something truly special – ensuring that every child’s wish list was fulfilled, from the smallest toy to the grandest bike,” said Chief Development Officer Lisa Alegria. “This act of giving goes beyond the material; it instills hope and joy in the hearts of these young individuals, which is priceless.”
We are filled with gratitude for those who made the season extra special: the Los Angeles Board of Governors, the National Charity League, Inc., Westside Chapter and the Hollies volunteers for helping to decorate, unpack and sort hundreds of gifts, Baby2Baby, ABC7 Spark of Love Toy Drive, Otis Elevator Company, ANA Trading Corp., National Giving Alliance of Hancock Park, BCG Woodmen Life, California Highway Patrol, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, long-time volunteer Joana Rodriguez for coordinating with her friends and network to fulfill the annual “Joana’s Wish Lists” for 65 Hollygrove program families this year, and the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, who dropped off two huge trucks filled to the brim with new bicycles and toys.