LOS ANGELES, CA – With 15 years of history, the “Jugueton” goes binational and returns to Los Angeles to exceed its goal of collecting and distributing 15 million new toys
-Collection centers at Azteca America Los Angeles, The Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles and Plaza Mexico
-Invited guests at Plaza Mexico include surprise talent, community leaders and more
Toys will also be distributed to non-profit organizations including: the American Cancer Society, Los Angeles Children´s Hospital, Padres Contra El Cancer, From Heart to Heart (De Corazon a Corazon Foundation), Neighborhood Legal Services and other important community groups.
Fundacion Azteca America, Azteca America Los Angeles and Fundacion Hermes Music bring the largest toy drive of Mexico, Jugueton, led by television personality and community leader Jorge Garralda, who returns to Los Angeles on January 9 at 12:00 noon at Plaza Mexico, to give smiles and new toys to needy children.
For 15 years running, the Jugueton is the largest and most well-know toy drive in Mexico, where hundreds of caravans of gifts set out to distribute gifts throughout Mexico on Three Kings Day.
The Jugueton is a project supported by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas Pliego, founder and chairman of Grupo Salinas, which includes TV Azteca and Azteca America, among other important companies.
The goal this year is to collect and distribute 15 million toys, including over 15,000 in Los Angeles.
Jorge Garralda has hosted for 18 years the most successful community support program in Mexico: A Quien Corresponda, which serves to channel community complaints and seek solutions.
The Jugueton was most recently in Los Angeles in 2006, when 20,000 toys were collected, and returns this year thanks to the support of Fundacion Hermes Music, which supports children of limited resources, street children, indigenous communities in Mexico, as well as communities that have faced natural disasters, and donated 15,000 toys.
For additional toy donations, the following collection centers are available:
a) Azteca America Los Angeles
1139 Grand Central Ave.
Glendale, CA 91201
b) Mexican Consular Office in Los Angeles
2401 W 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
7:00 am – 1:00 pm
c) Plaza Mexico
3100 E Imperial Hwy
Lynwood, CA 90262