On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the nonprofit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) – which supports the L.A. Zoo through fundraising, marketing, membership, an award-winning volunteer program, and more – partnered with toy company JAKKS Pacific, Inc. to host a toy giveaway for 200 children from local Boys & Girls Clubs including Mar Vista Gardens, West San Gabriel Valley, South L.A., Watts-Willowbrook, Cincinnati Street, and Los Angeles. The children enjoyed an evening replete with holiday cheer that included hot cocoa and churros, a selection of JAKKS Pacific's newest toys, and a stroll through the L.A. Zoo's annual holiday light display – L.A. Zoo Lights.
"It was a magical night for all of us as we got to help make some wishes come true," states Tom Jacobson, president of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. "We look forward to continuing this tradition of merrymaking for children who may otherwise feel like Christmas passed them by," he goes on to say.
200 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs ages 8-13 were treated to their choice of one of JAKKS Pacific's newest toys, including Disney, Paw Patrol, and other fun toys. Afterwards, the group set out to experience the wonder and awe of L.A. Zoo Lights, which features the world's largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, a twinkling tunnel, and more.
"It's during these times that we remind ourselves just how good giving feels," states Brian Diamond, owner of Diamond Landscaping and Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association board chair. He continues, "It's nice to provide some relief to parents and smiles to children during this holiday season."
This event was made possible through the generous support of Diamond Landscaping, Greystone Management Group Inc., and JAKKS Pacific Inc.