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COMMENTARY: Monkeez (and Others) Help Kids Make A Difference

monkeezIt’s the season of toys and giving, as the holidays are quickly approaching. December’s cheerful spirit is evident throughout the city, on social media, and in toy stores worldwide. Christmas lights are hanging everywhere, department stores are adorned with pops of red and green, and children are on their best behavior, hoping to fall on the right side of the naughty-or-nice list. Santa is taking last-minute requests from children who will surely receive their prizes for being good girls and boys all year long.

When I was a kid, my parents always took part in Operation Christmas Child, an organization that collects shoeboxes full of toys and non-perishable items to be given to children who wouldn’t otherwise have a Christmas gift to open, during this time of year. I loved getting to help put toys together to send to kids around the world, though I didn’t really understand exactly what it meant. Now, I see kids crying in department stores wanting their toys now, and I see lists of toys growing longer and longer. I’m all for it—‘tis the season—but I think it’s important that kids learn to receive with a grateful attitude, rather than an expectant one.

The older I get, the more bittersweet the holidays become. The music, ice-skating, tacky sweater parties, and family time are wonderful, but the receiving of gifts isn’t as satisfying as it was when Barbie dolls and Polly Pockets filled my Christmas wish list. It’s now apparent to me that so many kids spend Christmas without basic necessities, and certainly without gifts to open. I started researching major toy companies and realized that there are so many that donate to this cause in various ways. [Read more...]

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.

 

New Releases from GameMill Entertainment

Pillow Pets video game

GameMill Entertainment announced the release of the Pillow Pets game for Nintendo DS, available in North America this holiday season.

The game, based on the children’s line of plush pillows from CJ Products, which transform into snuggly companions, invites gamers to jump, fly, buzz, and explore Dreamland, the imaginative world where the Pillow Pets characters thrive. Players can customize and personalize Pillow Pets by adding hats, glasses, and more.

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