The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA) partnered at TIF’s annual Play Your Part event on June 16. Volunteers from nearly 30 toy companies helped to sort, wrap, and pack toys for 25,000 foster care children in Southern California and seven additional states. In addition, hundreds of Los Angeles-area foster children were on-site at the event to receive dolls, games, puzzles, arts & crafts, and other skill-building playthings. Manufacturers and retailers donated all toys to TIF’s Toy Bank with the goal of providing comfort to children awaiting placement in permanent homes.
TIF and National CASA partnered in 2013 and has distributed over 225,000 toys to foster children served by CASA programs to date. TIF works year-round with partners and international charities to bring new toys and games to children who are undeserved, at-risk, in hospitals, and in military families.