The Asian Pacific American Community Holiday Toy Drive & (Virtual) Reception is a non-profit event that strives to provide toys for low income families in the Asian American Pacific Islander community.
The APA Community Holiday Toy Drive Committee is composed of volunteers from nonprofits and professional organizations with a mission to give young children of low-income families the gift of joy and hope during the holiday season. Since 2000, our Committee has been organizing the annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive to collect donated toys for children of low-income families served by 12 or more community-based organizations, who provide important culturally and linguistically appropriate social and economic development services in L.A. County. Over the past 20 years, we have collected and given over 27,000 toys from our holiday toy drive.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and inability to have an in-person reception, we will be raising funds to buy toys for this year’s annual holiday toy drive through GoFundMe. Your support and contribution will help to positively impact our communities and bring optimism to low-income families during the winter holidays, especially those that are negatively impacted by the pandemic.
On December 3, we will have a virtual reception to celebrate the fundraiser and hear from the organizations we have supported. Join us Here!
Why a Toy Drive?
The reason we decided to have a holiday toy drive for the APA community in the Los Angeles area is because there was a need for toys for the children of low income families in our communities, but there did not seem to be any joint efforts to meet that need. There were some groups and individuals who had their own toy drives; however, the amount of toys collected were not always enough to make much of a difference. We found that collectively and with the help of various corporate and individual donors of toys and food and refreshments for our reception, we were able to collect and distribute a lot more toys for the children of families served by the APA nonprofit groups, which were selected as the toy recipient organizations by the co-sponsoring bar associations. We felt that this would be a great way to celebrate the holidays and network with the members and friends of the co-sponsoring organizations with a toy drive and reception and to give back to our communities.