On November 23rd, the Israeli- American Council (IAC) hosted a successful Toy and Book Drive. The event was held at the Hebrew Discovery Center and was part of the IAC’s volunteer program IAC-Care, who teamed with Jewish Federation and Sifriyat Pijama B’ America, to put together a community volunteer project.
More than 200 new and lightly used toys were collected, including books, games, art supplies, preschool toys and more. Alongside the fast-filling collection boxes, there was a popular brunch with Toast Café bagels, cream cheese, coffee and a colorful selection of cookies.
The kids were entertained by a visitor from the Disney hit movie Frozen, Hebrew story-telling and an impressive Transformers character who had the children jumping and laughing until they were awarded a balloon creation on their way home.
Ori Pikoos, Manager of Community Events for the IAC, was pleased with the turnout. “We arrange several events through the year to help the Los Angeles Jewish Community but in the weeks before Chanukah, this Toy Drive is the most important. Many of these donations will be given to children from low income families who will really appreciate the gifts. Also, we send gifts into hospitals where sick children are being treated. The event has gone well; People forget they can create so much happiness by buying or passing on toys.”
IAC-Care organizes monthly volunteer opportunities and their next project is a dog rescue on December 5th.
To make a donation to IAC-Care, please contact Ori Pikoos at firstname.lastname@example.org www.israeliamerican.org/los-angeles