Toy Industry Foundation Reaches $100 Million Milestone

toyindustryThe Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has distributed $100 million worth of toys and games to children in need since its Toy Bank program was founded in 2003. The historical milestone was reached following this year’s Summer Toy Drive, which collected $11 million worth of toys. To date, TIF and its supporters have donated enriching playthings to nearly 17 million disadvantaged kids worldwide.

Contributions to the Summer Toy Drive more than quadrupled over last year, growing from nearly 900,000 toys donated in 2013 to nearly four million toys this year. The Lego Group donated roughly 250,000 toys—half of which have already been distributed to children in such locations as Albania, Armenia, Romania, Zambia and Zimbabwe—putting the foundation over the $100 million mark. [Read more...]

MasterPieces Donates More than $117,000 to TIF’s Toy Bank

tif_logoMasterPieces Puzzle Company recently donated just over $117,000 worth of jigsaw puzzles to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Toy Bank during TIF’s annual Summer Toy Drive. Beneficiaries include: the Huntington Area Food Bank, of West Virginia; New Threads of Hope, of Wisconsin; and First United Presbyterian Church, of Ohio.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers served as the Toy Bank’s logistics partner. TIF’s 2014 Summer Toy Drive is ongoing through August 31.

ABC Kids Expo Presents K.I.D.S. with $75,000 Donation Check

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Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S), a global children’s charity, will receive a $75,000 donation from Larry Schur, president of All Baby & Child Corp., on behalf of the ABC Kids Expo. K.I.D.S President Denise Williams will accept the check at a ceremony at the Las Vegas Convention Center on October 16 at 10 a.m.

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.

 

K.I.D.S., Fashion Delivers Launch Trade Product Donation Drive

Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation and Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) Inc., are calling on manufacturers and retailers to donate essential new products to help people affected by last week’s tornado in Oklahoma. The twister tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 24 people, injuring hundreds and leaving many more homeless. Fashion Delivers and K.I.D.S. are assessing needs on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma, and reaching out to corporate partners for the greatest needs: new clothing including T-shirts, jeans, underwear, socks and rubber-soled shoes, blankets, sheets, towels, diapers, hygiene products, and furnishings for families.

Both Fashion Delivers and K.I.D.S. are supporting the following community partners providing tornado relief efforts on the ground: Operation Compassion, Operation Homefront Oklahoma, Infant Parent Intervention Center, Comanche Nation Higher Education Programs, Food and Shelter For Friends, Midwest Military OutreachOperation Homefront Missouri, and H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. [Read more...]

Delta Children and K.I.D.S. Donate Cribs to Families in Need

Caring for others event in ATL sponsored by Delta Childrens products.Delta Children, a 45-year old family business, will donate new cribs, valued at $60,000, to Caring For Others, Inc. in Atlanta, where the cribs will be distributed to pre-registered families in need. On May 21, recipient families will arrive at Caring For Others to receive the cribs and learn about crib safety. The donation was made possible via the help of Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), a non-profit organization that connects companies and children in need.

A Safe Sleep demonstration will be held at Caring For Others, Inc., where Joseph Shamie, Delta Children’s president and K.I.D.S. board member, will stress the importance of a safe crib and offer tips to the families.

Delta Children has made it its mission to help families nationwide provide safe sleep environments for their children. This is part of a larger donation made to K.I.D.S. by Delta, who promised to donate cribs, valued at $1 million, to the organization.

K.I.D.S. will implement the distribution of the cribs on behalf of Delta Children to the families in need.

Delta Children, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) Donate Cribs to Baby Buggy

Delta Children and K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations) have donated 200 new cribs—valued at $60,000—to Baby Buggy for distribution in Los Angeles. On February 7, a Safe Sleep demonstration was held at Children’s Institute Inc., a Baby Buggy site where cribs were distributed to families in need. K.I.D.S implemented the distribution of the cribs on behalf of Delta and Baby Buggy. [Read more...]

The Big Toy Book Hosts Biggest Day of Holiday Play

The Big Toy Book’s holiday toy showcase, the Biggest Day of Holiday Play, took place December 8 at the ultra-chic Yotel, hosting more than 100 bloggers and their children. Participants had the opportunity to visit eight cabin spaces sponsored by various toy companies, including Hasbro, The Bridge Direct, Innovation First, Delta Children’s Products, Poof-Slinky, Play Hut, among many others. Stations exhibiting the hottest holiday toys were set up throughout the Yotel lounge space. [Read more...]

Aurora Donates Thousands of New Stuffed Animals to K.I.D.S. For Hurricane Sandy Relief

Aurora World Inc., will donate thousands of new stuffed animals and baby products to K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations), a charity that provides kid-essentials to children and teens who have been impacted by disaster, poverty, and tragedy. Hurricane Sandy hit close to home for Michael Kessler, Aurora’s SVP of sales and marketing who grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J. and spent summers in Ventnor, N.J.

Those who want to make a cash donation can text GIVE 8000 to 80088 to donate $10 to K.I.D.S. on your mobile phone bill. To make a larger donation, contact Cristina Morais at (212) 279-5493, ext. 204.

Bieber Tops NPD’s Hot List Once Again

For three weeks in September, The NPD Group fielded results from the unaided, open-ended question, “What would the kids you know say is the hottest new thing these days? It might be a celebrity, movie, TV show, toy, game, hobby, sport, website, brand, or retail store.”

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