Connections For Children, a nonprofit childcare resource and referral agency, began giving away over 1,000 new toys Tuesday, December 11th, to children from the Westside and South Bay communities of Los Angeles.

This is the 11th year that low-income families from Connections’ service area will receive gifts donated by local businesses, service organizations, and preschools.

Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica, The Santa Monica Jaycees, Hasbro Inc., and others are taking on the role of “holiday angels” by donating hundreds of gifts to Connections For Children’s annual Holiday Gift Program, according to the agency.

In the spirit of helping others during the holidays, children from local preschools have collected new toys and donated them to Connections For Children for distribution to other children.

This year, dedicated volunteers from the volunteer action center, L.A. Works, as well as people from the community will assist Connections For Children in preparing the Holiday Gift Program.

The volunteers add their personal touch to decorations, transforming the Connections For Children conference room into a holiday spectacular where parents can come and “shop” for gifts that suit their child’s interests and development level, according to Connections for Children.

Connections For Children is distributing gifts to their clients through Thursday, December 13th, insuring that they all have an opportunity to receive a gift for their child.

The nonprofit agency, serving the Westside and South Bay, focuses on child development, advocacy for quality early learning experiences for children, and providing community resources for families, teachers and caregivers.

Connections For Children works to help all children reach their full potential by supporting families’ access to quality childcare and education.

Information about the Holiday Gift Program, Catherine Griffin of Connections For Children, (310) 452-3325 ext. 237.