One Week Left for the TIF Summer Toy Drive

There is a little more than a week to go before the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) 2012 Summer Toy Drive closes shop for another year. Toy companies that would like to be included are invited to submit a product donation form by August 31st.

Since opening on May 1, 35 children’s charities across 14 states have received toys from this year’s Summer Toy Drive, including:

  • The Dream Center in Los Angeles, Calif., one of 100 Dream Centers internationally, the LA Dream Center aids more than 40,000 people each month and works closely with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to keep families unharmed.  Summer Toy Drive toys and games were distributed to children of families that the LA Dream Center supports.
  • Dolls for Daughters in Denver, Colo., distributes toys to Colorado families to help relieve the financial burdens of low-income families.  The charity lends a hand by taking the necessary steps to create a stable environment for children.
  • Kids Konnection in Washington, D.C., assists 1,500 children a week through summer camps, back-to-school sessions, Christmas events and more to try to bring about a safe and stable environment for DC’s youth. Toys donated by generous manufacturers to TIF were distributed during the Kids Konnection summer camp.

The Summer Toy Drive has also benefited children across 16 U.S. military bases through TIF’s Play Comforts program, and the Ronald McDonald House of NYC, where the Foundation threw a “Cowboy Hoedown” party for 100 pediatric cancer patients and their family members in July.

As part of TIF’s My Stuff Bags partnership, toys donated this summer will also be placed in duffel bags containing toiletries, blankets, and other comforting items to be distributed next month to Bronx kindergarten kids living in foster care.

A full list of charities that have been supported by the drive, as well as a complete list of summer donors, will be included on the Toy Industry Foundation website in September.

TIF’s Summer Toy Drive continues through August 31. Those interested in helping may make a product donation or contact Foundation Coordinator Melissa Kipp (646-520-4878) for more information.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

TIF to Collect Plush, Toy, and Game Donations During Close of Toy Fair

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is once again asking exhibitors to end their American International Toy Fair stay with donations. During the close of the show, 4 p.m. on February 15, exhibitors can donate their samples of plush, toys, and games to TIF’s signature program, The Toy Bank. The volunteers for the collection will wear bright orange T-shirts. To participate, companies must complete the one-page donation form, and submit it before Toy Fair via email, fax (212-675-1328), or on-site at booth No. 5201.

The annual collection is made possible through TIF’s partnership with Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.). All donations will benefit TIF’s partnerships with My Stuff Bags Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of America Military Services. Products will also be distributed to The Toy Bank’s NYC-area network of charity recipients.

This post was originally written by Elizabeth A. Reid and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

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.

TIF Prepares for 2nd Annual Go Good Stuff-a-Thon

The Toy Industry Foundation, in partnership with The My Stuff Bags Foundation, is gearing up for its second annual industry-wide Do Good Stuff-a-Thon. Members of the toy industry will team up with local media and California state officials to assemble 5,000 My Stuff duffel bags for children in crisis. The bags will be distributed to kids in foster care across America.

TIF is looking for volunteers to stuff bags with essential items such as blankets, toiletries, and toys. Teams of 10+ will be recognized as Good Stuff Supporters. To register (the deadline is April 23), made a donation, or to learn more, click here.