Pep Club Sponsors Annual Toy Drive

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El Vaquero Staff Writer

There’s nothing like seeing a child unwrap his or her Christmas gift.

Seeing their face light up in delight as they praise the gift they have received. Unfortunately, there are children out there somewhere who won’t get a gift this year. The GCC Pep Club won’t allow that to happen as they hold their second annual toy drive to help these needy children.

The main goal of the Pep Club toy drive is to make sure needy children get that special toy they wanted. But there was one thing the Pep Club wanted to do differently about this toy drive.
Instead of buying toys and donating them to children, the Pep Club thought it would be an even better idea to buy pre-paid gift cars from American Express.

“It’s better if we give the money to children and let them buy the toys themselves,” said Jen, president of the GCC Pep Club. “Shopping for a gift is part of the gift.”

Toys are still being accepted for donation, but now checks are being accepted as well for any amount at Dr. Davitt’s office and the student center. The Pep Club thinks the gift card method is better than taking the chance of a child not getting the toy they want.

Although these to drives may be a small portion of the total number of drives going on right now, but as long as the Pep Club feels like they have helped people to have even somewhat of a better holiday, then they achieved what they set out to do. For more information about the Pep Club and other related activities, visit the Pep Club at www.glendale.edu/pepclub.

There’s nothing like seeing a child unwrap his or her Christmas gift.

Seeing their face light up in delight as they praise the gift they have received. Unfortunately, there are children out there somewhere who won’t get a gift this year. The GCC Pep Club won’t allow that to happen as they hold their second annual toy drive to help these needy children.

The main goal of the Pep Club toy drive is to make sure needy children get that special toy they wanted. But there was one thing the Pep Club wanted to do differently about this toy drive.
Instead of buying toys and donating them to children, the Pep Club thought it would be an even better idea to buy pre-paid gift cars from American Express.

“It’s better if we give the money to children and let them buy the toys themselves,” said Jen, president of the GCC Pep Club. “Shopping for a gift is part of the gift.”

Toys are still being accepted for donation, but now checks are being accepted as well for any amount at Dr. Davitt’s office and the student center. The Pep Club thinks the gift card method is better than taking the chance of a child not getting the toy they want.

Although these to drives may be a small portion of the total number of drives going on right now, but as long as the Pep Club feels like they have helped people to have even somewhat of a better holiday, then they achieved what they set out to do. For more information about the Pep Club and other related activities, visit the Pep Club at www.glendale.edu/pepclub.

There are many ways to help a family in need or a sick child, one of them is through a program that is accepting toys, gifts and money. Here is a list of other holiday drives going on in Glendale and surrounding areas:

  • Asian Youth Center, 100 W. Clary Ave, San Gabriel |
    Contact: May To at (626) 309-0622 | http://www.mirallesandwu.com/SG-AYC.htm

  • Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles, 324 N.
    McDonnell Ave., Los Angeles | Contact: Anna Araujo at (323) 263- 4955 | http://www.elabgc.org  

    Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley, at 328
    S. Ramona Ave in Monterey Park. Contact: Dan Haren at (626) 573-2831 | http://www.wsgvbgc.org
     

  • Child Care Information Service, 2698 Mataro St.,
    Pasadena | Contact: Cristina Alvarado at (626) 449-8221 ext 204 | http://www.ccispasadena.org

  • Foothill Family Service, 2500 Foothill Blvd, Suite 300,
    Pasadena | Contact: Erika Dowd at (626) 564-1613 ext 136 | http://www.foothillfamily.org

  • Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale |
    http://library.ci.glendale.ca.us

  • Glendale Beeline’s “Stuff a Bus” Program can be reached
    at its main office (818) 548-3960 | http://www.glendalebeeline.com

  • Kinship Care Program, 8956 Vanalden Ave., Northridge | Contact: Angie Gallegos at (818) 885-5220.

  • L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, 1625 Schrader Blvd., Los
    Angeles | Contact: Brian Davis at (323) 993-7696 | http://www.laglc.org

  • Pacific Clinics, 800 S. Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia |
    Contact: Nancy Portilla at (626) 254-5007 | http://www.pacificclinics.org

  • YWCA of Glendale, 735 E. Lexington Drive, Glendale | http://www.glendaleywca.org

  • YWCA Pasadena, 939 E. Walnut St., No. 100, Pasadena |
    Contact: Cathy Brooke at (626) 793-5171 |
    http://www.ywca-pasadena.org