“To see the look on their faces when they’re coming out with the toys — it’s always a special feeling,” he said. “But to see the looks on the mothers’ faces, they always say ‘thank you.’”
The organization offers programs on family literary, school readiness, child care as well as after-school tutoring, family counseling and day care for women and children in shelters. It was one of a handful across the region this weekend to host similar drives.
At the Hollenbeck Youth Center, one of Los Angeles’ biggest toy drives, thousands stood in line, some having spent the night, for a chance to score a Christmas gift. And in the downtown area, Cardinal Roger Mahony dispatched volunteers from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to deliver toys, blankets and food to the doorsteps of 350 low-income families.