My Stuff Bags Handed Out at Haven Academy

Last week, two incoming classes of kindergarteners at Mott Haven Academy Charter School, in the Bronx, N.Y., received 50 duffel bags filled with toys and toiletries, courtesy of the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and strategic partner My Stuff Bags Foundation.

The “My Stuff” bags—which contained school supplies, a stuffed animal and blanket, arts and crafts, and toiletries—were handed out to the children who are among the 300,000 kids that enter foster care across the U.S. each year.

Along with school officials, the media, and representatives from TIF, New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and Assembly Member Carmen E. Arroyo were on hand to watch the excited kids open their bags.

Haven Academy, now in its fourth year, is the only public charter school in the nation for at-risk children. Sponsored by The New York Foundling, the school aims to empower kids by integrating family support services into a rigorous academic program so children can reach their full potential.

Photos: TIF and My Stuff Bags Foundation Event in the Bronx

The Toy Industry Foundation, in partnership with the My Stuff Bags Foundation, recently held an event at the Mott Haven Academy Charter School, located in the Bronx, N.Y. The school is the first in the city designed to serve kids from broken homes. Children at the charter school received new school supplies, toys, and more from the two organizations.

Photos below:

Chanler Findlay, 5, opens his “My Stuff Bag” at the Toy Industry Foundation event held at Haven Academy in the Bronx.

Kindergartner Malachi Taylor shows off a new toy, courtesy of the Toy Industry Foundation at an event hosted with My Stuff Bags at Haven Academy in the Bronx.

For more information on My Stuff Bags, visit www.mystuffbags.org.

TIF Summer Toy Drive to End August 31

There is still a month left to donate to the Toy Industry Foundation’s Summer Toy Drive. To date, TIF has reached a third of its goal and has collected more than 100,000 toys for children in need. The foundation’s goal is to collect 300,000 toys for The Toy Bank by August 31.

Donations to The Toy Bank service a variety of programs including Play Comforts, an organization that partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Military Services to help children with a parent deployed overseas; My Stuff Bags Foundation, which helps to  comfort abused and neglected children entering crisis and foster care; and Play Heals, which services young patients at Ronald McDonald Houses.

Toy Industry Members and Others Stuff 5,000 Duffel Bags for Kids

Above: (l-r) Audra Strickland, 37th District Assembly Woman, hands a bag to AnnMarie Siciliano,  5/07/2010. photo by John McCoy

More than 125 volunteers came together on Friday for the Second Annual Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and My Stuff Bags Foundation “Do Good Stuff-a-Thon,”  held at the My Stuff Bags volunteer center in Westlake Village, Calif. The volunteers included staff from companies such as Disney, JAKKS Pacific, Educational Insights, and more; representatives of TIF and My Stuff Bags Foundation boards of directors; California State Senator Curren Price; and State Assembly Members Fiona Ma and Audra Strickland.

The 5,000 duffel bags (filled with toys, toiletries, handmade blankets, and other items) will be distributed to shelters and foster care agencies across the nation, including California’s Bienvenidos; Florida’s Kids Central, Inc.; New York’s Steuben County Department of Social Services, and Texas’ A World for Children.

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Second Annual “Stuff-a-Thon” to Take Place This Friday

This Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the toy industry will join forces with the Toy Industry Foundation and the My Stuff Bags Foundation to fill approximately 5,000 duffel bags with toys, toiletries, and handmade items. The “Do Good Stuff-a-Thon” bags will be distributed to shelters and foster care agencies across the United States.

Representatives from across the toy and children’s entertainment industries will include employees from Disney, Educational Insights, JAKKS Pacific, Pacific Play Tents, and more. Other companies, such as Hasbro, iToys, and Schoenhut Piano Company, have provided product for the bags.

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