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DPSS Partners with WDACS to Host Book Giveaway for Youth

Scheduled to coincide with the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America Initiative to encourage reading, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) partnered with the Department of Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS) to host a Drive-Thru Book Giveaway at the Potrero Heights Park Community Center in Montebello, CA.

The book giveaway was part of an ongoing effort by the DPSS Toy Loan Program to reward and inspire students participating in the program during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The two-hour giveaway event provided toys and books to local child participants.

Serving approximately 30,000 children annually at over 50 centers throughout the County, the DPSS Toy Loan Program has developed a well-earned reputation as the largest and the most successful free toy-lending library program in the nation.  With toy libraries operating at limited capacity, the program has had to become more creative during the ongoing pandemic.

 “Our department recognizes the increasing support that children need during this challenging time and want to ensure they are prepared with the tools necessary for a successful school year,” said the DPSS Director Antonia Jiménez. 

The director was joined by the acting Chief Deputy Nick Ippolito, who helped hand out books to the youth participants.

Families were contacted in advance by their local toyrarian, who operates the Potrero Heights Park Community Center toy-lending library.  In order to reduce exposure due to the pandemic, families remained in their vehicles and had their books safely placed in their trunks by Toy Loan staff.

Please click here for more information about the Toy Loan Program.