Toy drive to help needy children
By Nissa LaPoint
Organizers of Centro San Juan Diego’s annual toy drive are encouraging businesses and organizations to start collecting toys now to be distributed to children in need this Christmas season.
To promote the toy drive, they will host Jugueton 2011 (toy drive) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at Centro’s location at 2830 Lawrence St. in Denver. Here, in addition to collecting toys, they will celebrate the generosity of donors with a day of activities including photos with Santa, a visit from Colorado Rockies mascot Dinger, Mexican dance performances, face painting, a magician and “much more,” according to assistant director Jennie Marquez.
“The idea is for organizations to participate by collecting toys (between now and then) and bring them the day of (Dec. 17),” said Marquez.
At the event, donating companies will be interviewed live on 1150-AM KNRV Spanish-language station radio—followed with recognition in print through VIVA Colorado, a bilingual new source of The Denver Post; and on the Spanish-language television network Telemundo.
Recipients of the toys will include boys and girls, age 3 to 12, who are migrant children, those identified through the family ministry and other programs at Centro, disabled children in Project VIDA, and local parishioners in need.
“Specific families and children are being identified,” Marquez said, “with their names and ages and needs.”
Toys collected will be personally distributed the week before Christmas. Last year, the toy drive collected more than 700 toys.
“It’s a great cause,” Marquez said. “We hope to collect even more toys this year.”
For more information, call Centro at 303-295-9470.