CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014) – The LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy Foundation kick off the holiday season with a toy drive starting this Sunday, Nov. 9 during the Galaxy’s match against Real Salt Lake. All of the toys collected will benefit A Place Called Home (APCH). APCH is an organization in South Central Los Angeles that encourages youth to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being.
All toy donations can be dropped off at the main gates of StubHub Center or at the LA Galaxy Foundation booth during Sunday’s match. In addition, donations can also be dropped off at the LA Galaxy offices located at StubHub Center on weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PT until Monday, Dec. 8.
The LA Galaxy Foundation will provide a raffle ticket for every fan who donates a new toy, giving fans the opportunity to win signed LA Galaxy memorabilia in exchange for their donation. In addition to new toys, fans can also make cash donations that will be used to purchase new toys for A Place Called Home. Cash donations are also welcome.
All of the toys collected will benefit A Place Called Home for the Holidays, an annual event held on Dec. 20 2014 that benefits approximately 3,000 youth in Los Angeles who come to APCH to receive a gift this holiday season.
The LA Galaxy Foundation Toy Drive is part of a larger initiative with APCH this holiday season as the LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife will jointly donate $10,000 to help provide a holiday meal for the families of APCH on Thanksgiving. LA Galaxy staff, players, and Alumni along with Herbalife employees will help serve Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday November 26.
For a complete list of the toys requested for donation and other holiday programs the LA Galaxy Foundation is involved with this holiday season, please visit www.lagalaxy.com/foundation.
ABOUT LA GALAXY FOUNDATION
The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation, the non-profit arm of the LA Galaxy, is dedicated to assisting the community in which the team lives, works, and plays. LA Galaxy players, coaches, alumni and staff spend countless hours giving back to the community at local schools, hospitals, fields, and events. The Foundation continually strives to aid organizations that meet its mission of supporting and creating education, health, and soccer-related activities and programs for youth in the greater Los Angeles area.
ABOUT A PLACE CALLED HOME (APCH)
A Place Called Home (APCH) is a safe haven in South Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Core programs work in conjunction with one another to support APCH members in avoiding destructive behaviors by developing life skills and providing motivation to overcome adversity, make healthy productive choices and take advantage of the opportunities which lie before them. For further information, please visit www.apch.org.