(Washington, DC) – On December 13, 2012, the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) held its annual "Share a Smile, Give a Toy" Holiday Toy Drive Celebration at the Old Council Chambers. Over 340 toys were donated and distributed to more than 140 children.
The toy drive involved collecting new gifts from local organizations and District residents for children from infancy to 15 years of age.
"I was so excited to come to the toy drive," said seven year old Tan Trinh, one of the 140 children in attendance. "The balloon maker was my favorite part."
For the last several years, OAPIA has been holding the toy drives as a way for District residents to give back to their community. More than 1500 toys have been distributed to the District's children and youth since OAPIA's toy drive began in 2005.
"It is amazing to see so many people set apart some time in their day so that disadvantaged children can have gifts to look forward to this holiday season," said OAPIA Director Soohyun "Julie" Koo. "Our success is built on our community coming together for a great cause, and based on last night's turnout I can happily say that we had overwhelming support from our District residents."
OAPIA has received support from 26 organizations and individuals this year and would like to thank the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Asian American Justice Center, Asian American LEAD, Burma Restaurant, Center for Asian Pacific American Women, Chinatown Express, Chinatown Service Center, Christopher Chan, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co., Destiny-Pride, Inc., Fuel Pizza, Glenn Kikuchi, Korean American Grocers Association of Washington, Mandu, Martha Watanabe, National Association of Asian American Professionals - DC Chapter, Naval Sea Systems Command - Asian and Pacific Islander Resource Group, PAUL Bakery, Ping Pong Dim Sum, PNC Bank, Senoda, Inc., Stan Lou, Walter Lee, Wok n Roll, and Zengo, as well as the many community members who came out in support of the toy drive.