St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles’CHiPs for Kids Annual Toy Giveaway to 1,200 needy children launched like Santa’s sleigh at St. Vincent’s LA Thrift Store December 17, 2016. There were toys from the California Highway Patrol CHiPs for Kids and local schools and businesses; Shoe Palace shoes and food from Navidad En El Barrio. 150 volunteers from schools, churches, businesses and organizations participated so families living in poverty could have a joyful Christmas.
“Thank you for helping the people out that can’t afford toys,” said one little boy. Another said, “I love that they are helpful and they care.”
“This giveaway is a tremendous collaborative effort that hopefully shows many needy people love at Christmas,” said St. Vincent de Paul’s Executive Director David Fields.
CHP Officer Siara Lund gives children toys with Santa at the CHiPs for Kids Toy Giveaway.
CHP Officer Siara Lund said, “The communities the CHP serves are family. Being able to give back and see the smiles the toys bring to the kids’ faces is the ultimate holiday gift."
Shoe Palace’s Senior Vice President John Mersho agreed, "Family is everything for us at Shoe Palace and the communities that support us are our family. We take care of the communities we are a part of because they take care of us. Shoe Palace wouldn’t have achieved anything without the support of our Shoe Palace community."
Mike Trueblood, board member of food provider Navidad En El Barrio explained, “Our mission has been to provide the makings of a complete, nutritious Christmas dinner for the families in-need. Major providers of food products donate the food items - chickens, cheese, fruit juices, rice, beans, tortillas, and lots of fresh produce including fruit, salad mix, potatoes, and even a glaze for the chicken. Each basket has a retail value of $35-40 and it's free to the families.”
A recipient family of toys at the CHiPs for Kids Toy Giveaway.
Mike’s daughter Nora Trueblood, of Allen Lund Company, chimed in, “We have been thrilled with the development of our relationship with St. Vincent de Paul, specifically in assisting with the addition of a Christmas meal for families, made possible by our relationship with Navidad En El Barrio. The synergies between SVDP, Navidad and ALC just work. There is no time more important than Christmas to reach out to community. We are proud that many employees from the Allen Lund Company give their time to special events, in this case working on a Saturday to assist in handing out toys and Christmas dinners to hundreds of families.”
Buddhists from Tzu Chi Foundation also participated in the event. “Tzu Chi Foundation is deeply honored to be a part of the holiday celebration to give back to the community,” said Han Huang, Chief Executive Director of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. “This is a great example of faith communities like Tzu Chi Foundation from Buddhist faith and St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles from Catholic faith, working together to bring joyful Christmas to disadvantaged children and their families. “