and Jason Newhouse pile toys in Zazueta's Rancho Cucamonga garage on Dec. 5.
The two have put on an annual music event, Christmas in July, for the past 10 years to help raise funds and collect toys for ill children ranging in age from birth to 18 years at the Loma Linda Children's Hospital. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- Jason Newhouse and Jeff Zazueta
want the children of Loma Linda University Medical Center
to know someone is thinking of them.
A number of local Inland Empire groups as well as Zazueta
and Newhouse's band Erotic Bandanas participate in the concert they call "Christmas in July."
By August, hundreds of toys are delivered the hospital.
"We've never asked to see the kids.
For some who are terminally ill it would just weigh too heavy on our hearts," said Zazueta
"If it takes away the thought of being sick for five minutes then that makes me feel extremely good.
I like to say it's providing a little bit of happy medicine, metaphorically speaking."
Newhouse and Zazueta
met almost three decades ago while waiting for their parents to pick them up after school at Jasper Elementary in Rancho Cucamonga.
But then we got into the fourth, fifth, sixth year and then they started to take what we were doing seriously," Zazueta
"A lot of people spend time trying to make it big and make money and to know that Jeff
started this great cause, that's the biggest payoff for me."
"We were both raised a certain way and Jason's mom has always been a giving person and my mom was also known to be like that," said Zazueta
, who wants to start a foundation in his
"I didn't find out about this until my mom passed away" in 2005 from a brain aneurysm, Zazueta
When Zazueta isn't working on collecting toys for kids, he works at Ayala High School in Chino Hills with students who have learning disabilities.