Sacred Heart Community Service Transforms from County's largest Food Pantry to Giant Free Toy Store

Dec 22, 2009, 17:59 ET from Sacred Heart Community Service

15,000 toys to be distributed to needy families tomorrow

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After distributing holiday meal boxes to nearly 4,000 needy families over the past two days, on Wednesday, December 23rd, Sacred Heart Community Service transforms from Silicon Valley's largest food pantry into a giant free toy store.

With gifts stacked to the rafters at this bustling center, tomorrow parents will come to "shop" for their children amid 15,000 new toys, books and bikes.

These toys, like all goods and services at Sacred Heart are free to those in need.

"Times are really difficult for many people in our community and we're delighted to help some holiday dreams come true," said Poncho J. Guevara, Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service.

December 23rd is one of the happiest days of the year at the agency, when thousands of parents come to "shop" for new toys, books and bikes for their children - all for free.

Sacred Heart will be transformed tomorrow into a giant toy store and parents will have the pleasure of picking out gifts for their kids. Nearly 1,000 bikes will be awarded through a lottery. As always, all goods and services at Sacred Heart Community Service are provided free of charge.

Such a large event requires tremendous community support. Tomorrow, more than 600 volunteers will act as "elves" helping parents shop - restocking thousands of toys and much, much more.

Special Guest Elves

A special elf will also be helping parents tomorrow. At 11 a.m., parents will also be able to shop at Sacred Heart accompanied by special guest elf U.S. Rep. Mike Honda who will be volunteering his time to assist customers in selecting toys for their children.

The Sacred Heart "Toy Store" will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. However parents usually begin to line up very early for this special day.

SOURCE Sacred Heart Community Service