EAGLE ROCK—Toy donations are needed for the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness Inc. (GLAD)’s 32nd Annual Children’s Holiday Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, December 12 at Occidental College.

GLAD is currently accepting toy donations for children age 10 and under. All gifts will be given to children who deaf, hard of hearing, and KODAS (kids of deaf adults).  Donations can be dropped off at GLAD headquarters, located at 2222 Laverna Avenue in Los Angeles.  For questions or more information, contact rgerrard@gladinc.org or call (323) 892-2312.

The event, which is completely free, will feature an appearance by ASL Signing Santa Claus, gifts, snacks and various entertainment. In previous years, the entertainment has ranged from holiday-themed skits, Christmas carols and stories. All performances will be presented in ASL and voiced in English and Spanish.

If you are a parent or family member who would like your child to receive a gift, please fill out a form by clicking here and return or mail it to GLAD by Friday, November 20.

The event will take place in Thorne Hall, which is located at 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041. It has been hosted on Occidental College’s campus for the past five years. You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook by clicking here.

The event will take place at  Occidental College's Thorne Hall.
The event will take place at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall.

Deaf Awareness Day at Knott’s Berry Farm was held on Saturday, September 26. The event, which is hosted by OCDEAF, is also being co-sponsored by GLAD, CODIE, Tri-County GLAD and B-GLAD.

Another upcoming event hosted by GLAD is “Your Job: Rules, Law and Discrimination,” an informative workshop designed to teach deaf and hard of hearing people more about ways to protect themselves from employment discrimination. The workshop will be presented in ASL and will occur at GLAD on Thursday, October 15, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. You can RSVP to this event on Facebook here.

GLAD has been an incorporated non-profit organization since 1971, and strives “to ensure equal access of the deaf and hard of hearing community to the same opportunities afforded their hearing counterparts,” according to their mission statement. To learn more about GLAD and the various services and events they provide, visit their website at www.gladinc.org.