All is Ready for the Arrival of Mexico's Largest Toy Drive, the Jugueton, in its Return to Los Angeles on January 9 at Noon in Plaza Mexico

Event features television personality Jorge Garralda and stars from Azteca America's hit musical reality program 'La Academia'

-- With 15 years of history, the Jugueton goes binational and returns to Los Angeles to donate thousands of toys

-- La Academia stars Raul Sandoval and Luz Leguizama to give special benefit performances

-- The mobile consular services unit 'El Consulado Sobre Ruedas de Mexico' will be available from 11 am through 5 pm

Jan 06, 2010, 13:41 ET from Fundacion Azteca America from ,Azteca America from

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- All is ready for Saturday, January 9, at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California as Mexico's largest toy drive, the Jugueton, returns to the L.A. area to give thousands of smiles to needy children. The event is led by Jugueton founder and host of the social justice program "A Quien Corresponda" Jorge Garralda, who returns to California following a three-year absence.

Special musical guests for the event include La Academia stars Raul Sandoval and the recent La Academia representative from California, Luz Leguizama, who will share some of their crowd-pleasing hits.

The event is made possible thanks to support from Fundacion Azteca America, Azteca America Los Angeles and Fundacion Hermes Music. In addition to the Plaza Mexico event, toys will be distributed to local community 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 Starlight Starbright.

El Jugueton receives the generous support of Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas Pliego, founder and Chairman of Grupo Salinas, a conglomerate that includes TV Azteca and Azteca America, among other important companies.

For 18 years, Jorge Garralda has hosted the most successful community support program in Mexico: A Quien Corresponda, which serves to channel community complaints and seek solutions. With a mission to help those who have the least, the Jugueton began 15 years ago to distribute toys during Three Kings' Day to needy children in Mexico. Last year, 15 million toys were distributed through the program, with a similar number expected this year.

The Jugueton is grateful for the donation of 15,000 toys by Fundacion Hermes Music, which supports children of limited resources, street children and indigenous communities in Mexico, as well as communities that have faced natural disasters. The gift is added to thousands of toys received at collection centers from individuals.

Plaza Mexico is located at 3100 E Imperial Hwy in Lynwood. The mobile consular services unit El Consulado Sobre Ruedas de Mexico will also be present from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm to offer assistance with Mexican passports, consular IDs and legal orientation.

About Fundacion Azteca America

Fundacion Azteca America is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for members of the Hispanic community currently in the U.S. Fundacion Azteca America, Fundacion Azteca, Azteca America and TV Azteca are companies of Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas. For more information, visit, and .

About Azteca America

Azteca America is the alternative choice in broadcast television for Spanish speaking families residing in the United States. As the fastest- growing Spanish-language network, Azteca America operates in 66 markets nationwide. Azteca America can also be seen on DIRECTV Mas Channel 441 (AZA 441) and DISH Network Channel 825. Wholly owned by Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V., Azteca America has access to the best programming from TV Azteca's three national networks, including a library with over 200,000 hours of original programming and news from local bureaus in 32 Mexican states. The network complements Mexican programming with an innovative line-up of shows from international producers and distributors to ensure the finest programming for Spanish-speaking viewers and unique advertising solutions for partners seeking to reach the most dynamic market in the country.

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SOURCE Fundacion Azteca America; Azteca America; Grupo Salinas