Jugueton, the Largest Toy Drive in Mexico, Returns to Los Angeles to Give Thousands of Smiles to Needy Children Thanks to the Support of Fundacion Azteca America, Azteca America Los Angeles and Fundacion Hermes Music

Jorge Garralda, Recognized Television Personality and Community Leader, Arrives in Los Angeles on January 9 to Distribute Toys at Plaza Mexico at 12 Noon

Dec 17, 2009, 20:14 ET from Azteca America from ,Fundacion Azteca America from from

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ --

  • With 15 years of history, the Jugueton goes binational and returns to Los Angeles to exceed its goal of collecting and distributing 15 million new toys
  • Collection centers at Azteca America Los Angeles, The Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles and Plaza Mexico
  • Invited guests at Plaza Mexico include surprise talent, community leaders and more

Fundacion Azteca America, Azteca America Los Angeles and Fundacion Hermes Music bring the largest toy drive of Mexico, Jugueton, led by television personality and community leader Jorge Garralda, who returns to Los Angeles on January 9 at 12:00 noon at Plaza Mexico, to give smiles and new toys to needy children.

For 15 years running, the Jugueton is the largest and most well-know toy drive in Mexico, where hundreds of caravans of gifts set out to distribute gifts throughout Mexico on Three Kings Day.

The Jugueton is a project supported by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas Pliego, founder and chairman of Grupo Salinas, which includes TV Azteca and Azteca America, among other important companies.

The goal this year is to collect and distribute 15 million toys, including over 15,000 in Los Angeles.

Toys will also be distributed to non-profit 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 other important community groups.

Jorge Garralda has hosted for 18 years the most successful community support program in Mexico: A Quien Corresponda, which serves to channel community complaints and seek solutions.

The Jugueton was most recently in Los Angeles in 2006, when 20,000 toys were collected, and returns this year thanks to the support of Fundacion Hermes Music, which supports children of limited resources, street children, indigenous communities in Mexico, as well as communities that have faced natural disasters, and donated 15,000 toys.

For additional toy donations, the following collection centers are available:

    a) Azteca America Los Angeles
    1139 Grand Central Ave.
    Glendale, CA 91201
    (818) 241-5400

    b) Mexican Consular Office in Los Angeles
    2401 W 6th Street
    Los Angeles, CA  90057
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm

    c) Plaza Mexico
    3100 E Imperial Hwy
    Lynwood, CA 90262

Don't miss this January 9 at Plaza Mexico starting at 12:00 noon with Jorge Garralda, Mexican Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez Gonzalez, as well as special guests.

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 www.fundacionaztecaamerica.org.

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.

    For more information, contact:

    Daniel McCosh
    011 52 55 1720 0059


    Lorena Paola Herrera Quinto
    011 52 55 1720 1313 ext. 39865

SOURCE Azteca America; Fundacion Azteca America; Ricardo Salinas; Grupo Salinas