Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24 , 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas James Bolden
PROGRAM’S OUTREACH TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
Facing economic woes, use of the program has increased 33 percent in a year
LOS ANGELES -- Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today praised the Department of Public and Social Services’ Toy Loan Program and announced a partnership with the department to identify sites in underserved communities in the Second District during these financially-challenged times.
The Toy Loan Program is a free service which allows children to borrow a toy once a week from one of its designated Toy Loan Centers, in the same manner books is borrowed from public libraries. The program is a voluntary community effort sponsored in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and DPSS. It’s is the oldest and most unique free-toy lending program in the
“This type of program provides an opportunity for children to learn about values and responsibility,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “At the same time, they will be able to enjoy playing with toys and books that they might otherwise not have access to.”
The partnership, the Supervisor said, will include the April 30 opening of a new
Over 30,000 children are served annually by the various services offered by the program. According to DPSS Director Phillip Browning, the department has witnessed a 33 percent increase in the number of children borrowing toys from the 51 countywide locations.
“I am pleased that we can continue to provide this critical service to the children of
While the program depends on monetary and toy donations from the public and private sectors, the
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