Hispanic Lions Club gives toys to 300 children

Mayor on hand to help celebrate the holiday

Published On: Dec 25 2011 07:18:07 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 25 2011 09:06:43 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

At just 12-years-old, Frances Argueta already understands the reward of giving.

"If I see the kids smiles and all that, it makes me feel happy," he said. "I'd just like to keep joyful and positive so they won't feel what other people feel like losing jobs and nothing to eat."

Argueta is one of the youngest volunteers at San Jose Catholic Church where the Hispanic Lions Club of Jacksonville held their annual toy giveaway, giving out toys to 300 kids who came out with their families Sunday to celebrate the holiday.

This is the eighth year the group has held the giveaway, however, this year, organizers said was challenging.

"This year has been very difficult given the current economic situation, but I can tell you that everybody has pitched in," said Lions Club member Miguel Torres. "Even the people who cannot give a lot, they give a little."

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown attended the festivities to help hand out gifts and give his support to the project.

"The Lions Club is out here providing toys for those who really need them the most," Brown said. "I'm here to support that and just thank God that we're able to help more people."

Frances Argueta agrees.

"It feels better than a present, it really does," he said. "I like to see the other kids smiling and laughing because I like to bring joy to other people."

Like most organizations, the Hispanic Lions Club collects donations and toys all year long. To help out, contact the San Jose Catholic Church.