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TIF Seeking Toy Donations for Kids Living at Langley Air Force Base

tif_logoThe Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is seeking toys for infants, toddlers, and teens for an early fall toy distribution at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Held in cooperation with Boys & Girls Clubs of America Military Services, the foundation’s giveaway, scheduled for September 18, will reach an estimated 500 kids living at the base.

Toys for the Langley Air Force Base distribution are being accepted through September 2. Companies are encouraged to complete a product donation form and send it to thetoybank@toyindustryfoundation.org or via fax to (212) 675-1328, or to contribute funds to this cause. Donors will receive a supporter badge to place on their own website.

Additional information can be found at www.thetoybank.org, and questions may be directed to Elizabeth Max, foundation program manager.

Toys “R” Us Introduces Reusable Tote Bag to Benefit Save the Children

ToysRUs.TotebagToys “R” Us has introduced an exclusive, 100-percent recyclable, reusable tote bag featuring a young child’s artwork at its stores. One dollar from the purchase of each bag will be donated directly to Save the Children‘s Domestic Emergency Fund, a global humanitarian organization that ensures the urgent needs of children are met during a crisis.

Toys “R” Us and Save the Children have also compiled disaster planning tips and checklists on the company’s dedicated safety site, www.toysrusinc.com/safety, where families can learn more about fundamental supplies for emergency kits, determining a safe location if loved ones are separated, and how to develop a communication strategy. Customers can also visit www.toysrus.com/savethechildren to view an official registry of products, including toys and games, which can be purchased and sent directly to Save the Children to be used for kids during times of crisis. Diapers, wipes, hygiene items, and other basic supplies can also be purchased from this registry.

Peaceable Kingdom Donates 6,000 Sticker Packs to Foster Care Kids

PeaceableKingdomThis past Friday, Peaceable Kingdom donated 6,000 scratch and sniff sticker packs to the Toy Industry Foundation‘s Play Your Part event, put on in partnership with CASA for Children. The event took place in Los Angeles, where 6,000 children waiting to be placed in permanent homes received care packages with toys, as well as notes of encouragement.

The Play Your Part event uses donations from throughout the toy industry to create the care packages. Peaceable Kingdom donated two scratch & sniff sticker styles: Peanut Butter and Chocolate.

Hasbro Employees Worldwide Make the Holidays Brighter for Children in Need

HasbroHasbro Inc. helped spread joy to thousands of underserved children in 35 countries through its first Global Day of Joy. The initiative empowered Hasbro’s 5,000 employees from its global headquarters in Rhode Island to its offices across Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific to become holiday elves and to be a part of community service projects designed to bring joy over the holidays to children in need. Team Hasbro employees volunteered with more than 100 charitable organizations worldwide.

Examples of the different types of service projects that took place on Hasbro’s Global Day of Joy included a special celebration for children in Colombia who have received life changing cleft palate procedures from Operation Smile, featuring a contest that teamed Hasbro employees with the children to “create” their greatest smile using Play-Doh; working with SOS Children’s Villages in five countries to transform outdated play areas, host special Game Day events, and deliver toys and games to the orphaned children who live there, including those in Russia, Peru, and Austria; assembly and packaging of more than 136,000 meals that were delivered to 25 food pantries and schools across Rhode Island in partnership with Outreach Inc., a U.S.-based hunger relief organization; and the delivery of tens of thousands of toys and games to charitable organizations across the globe.

During the 2013 holiday season alone, Hasbro expects to donate more than $3 million worth of toys and games to children and approximately $15 million in total philanthropic support worldwide.

BAE Systems Employees Donate New Bikes, Safety Helmets to Military Families

BikeDriveBAE Systems employees have presented military families across the San Diego area with new bicycles, safety helmets, and toys during the holiday season. The employees in Rancho Bernardo have raised enough money through fundraising events and personal contributions to donate 500 new bikes and helmets.

The annual bike drive has taken place since 1995, and employees have raised funds to donate more than 9,000 bicycles for San Diego families over the years. Additionally, bicycle maker Huffy has provided discounts on bikes and tricycles, and Bell has offered helmets at a reduced cost for the effort.

TIF Announces “Adopt-the-Pig” Sponsorship Program

toybankpigThe Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has announced a year-long sponsorship opportunity that would allow a single toy company to help children in need throughout next year. The special donor who participates in the Adopt-the-Pig sponsorship program by contributing $10,000, tax-deductible, to TIF’s Toy Bank will impact one million children in need next year.

Sponsorship funds will fuel the work of The Toy Bank program next year and help TIF engage the public. The sponsor company will be recognized through various intra-industry print and online publications, including TIF’s booth at the 111th American International Toy Fair.

Any company that is interested in this sponsorship opportunity or learning more about other recognition opportunities may contact TIF at (646) 454-5581 by October 30.

Lloyd Miller Releases First Solo Album, S.S. Brooklyn

jpegLloyd Miller, communal songster and leader of the indie band The Deedle Deedle Dees, believes that music is a great way to build a community—especially when everyone’s singing, tapping, and dancing together. Miler will release his first solo album release, S.S. Brooklyn, on September 24.

Miller holds singalongs in various spaces in Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Ditmas Park, and Williamsburg five or six nights a week. S.S. Brooklyn features original songs, as well as the most-requested songs. These events provide audiences an opportunity to support various causes, such as the Red Hook Initiative, Soleil Global, and Sing for Hope—all part of Miller’s ongoing “music outreach mission.” Audience members bring in donations to the shows and Miller delivers them to support children in Haiti or the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

In addition to regular sing-along events this fall, Miller will host concerts at the Brooklyn Historical Society on the first Saturday of every month beginning November 2. An S.S. Brooklyn release concert is planned for October 13 at Shapeshifter Lab, launching the Hip Tot Music Fest season. The album is produced by Dean Jones, and guest artists include Marianne Tasick, Abby Rock, and Debbie Lan.

Toy Industry Foundation Recruits for Leaders Circle

tif_logoToy industry stakeholders who would like to help bring the power of play to children in need are invited to join the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Leaders Circle giving program by annually donating to TIF. The Leaders Circle raises more than 10 percent of TIF’s annual budget, making it a critical source of funds for core toy donation and grant programs. Currently, the Leaders Circle includes approximately 100 members, and TIF hopes to see it expand in order to keep pace with TIF’s growing toy donation and grant-making activities.

Donors may choose to support specific TIF programs and partnerships, such as The Toy Bank toy donation program benefiting children’s charities across the country, or TIF’s national partnerships with CASA for Children (which helps children in foster care) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Military Services (which serves children of military families).

To join, make a cash donation of $250 or more to the Toy Industry Foundation online or via regular mail. For more information, contact TIF’s Marisa Medina at (646) 454-5581.

Pillow Pets, Peaceable Kingdom Each Donate More Than $1 Million in Toys to TIF

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) applauds the generosity of Pillow Pets and Peaceable Kingdom for their recent large scale toy donations. More than $1 million in Peaceable Kingdom sticker sets and $1.7 million in Pillow Pets were donated by the manufacturers during TIF’s Toys Across America campaign.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Toy Bank, the Foundation teamed up with partner Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) to host Toys Across America, the first toy distribution to bring playthings to children in all 50 states within a single day. The donated Pillow Pets went to kids in 25 states; Peaceable Kingdom’s sticker sets were donated to children’s charities in four states. A total of 36 generous toy companies participated in the initiative, which brought toys to more than half a million children in need.

 

Monkeez Makes a Difference to Give Away Charity Event Kits During ASTRA

Monkeez Makes a DifferenceMonkeez Makes a Difference, the educational, charitable program for children from MVP Brands, will give away more than 100 charity event kits to retailers during the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy in Nashville from June 17 to 18. Event kits include ideas and materials to plan and host communitybuilding events to benefit three nationally renowned charities the program partners with, including how to set up a lemonade stand to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, collecting dog toys to benefit Best Friends Animal Society and local animal shelters, and hosting Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing parties to benefit Samaritan’s Purse. The event kits are free of charge and available on a first come, first served basis.

In addition, all Monkeez Makes a Difference backtoschool merchandise will feature a 25 percent discount during the ASTRA show, including backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, pencil boxes, and backpack clips. For retailers purchasing Monkeez Makes a Difference backto-school merchandise and other products, free freight is available on orders of $300 or more. [Read more...]