Bandai Foundation Donates $35,000 to TIF to Bring Play to Children in Need

The Bandai Foundation recently donated $35,000 to the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF).  A portion of the funds will directly support TIF’s Toy Bank, which has distributed more than one and a half million new playthings for underserved and at-risk children this year alone. Additional funds will support the overall work of TIF, including national grant initiatives through TIF’s national partners, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Military Services, and CASA for Children. [Read more...]

TIA Hosts Back-to-School Event for Kindergartners in New York City

The Toy Industry Foundation and partner My Stuff Bags Foundation delivered 50 “My Stuff” duffel bags to two incoming classes of kindergarten students at Mott Haven Academy in the Bronx, Ny., on Sept. 13. The bags were filled with homemade blankets, school supplies, stuffed animals, toys, and toiletries. Mott Haven is the nation’s only public charter school for at-risk students in foster care or the child welfare system.

Summer Toy Drive Garners Record-Breaking Donations

The Toy Industry Foundation’s Summer Toy Drive, held from May 1 to August 31, collected nearly 290,000 toys.

Thanks to the toy manufacturers, retailers, and distributors who participated in this year’s drive, TIF’s Toy Bank received 59 percent more toys than last year. This year’s gifts also surged in value by 425 percent–$6.5 million worth of playthings were donated versus $1.2 million last year.

“With the help of our generous donors, we were able to deliver playthings to 44 children’s charities in The Toy Bank network across the country, as well as to children living on 17 military bases,” says Foundation Coordinator Melissa Kipp. “The significant increase in donations allowed us to bring play to 107,000 more disadvantaged children than last summer!”

The Toy Bank is a year-round program; it is currently collecting for the final two Play Comforts events for military children in 2012 and is preparing for the next trade show collection at Fall Toy Preview in Dallas (October 2 to 4). To donate or learn more,  visit the TIF website or contact Melissa Kipp (646.520.4878).

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.

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.

Newark Children Receive Hundreds of Toys in Holiday Giveaway

Photo Credit: TIF

On December 17, children in need from the West Ward neighborhood of Newark, N.J. received hundreds of toys from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) as part of a special holiday giveaway hosted by Franciscan Charities. In attendance were representatives from TIF and Franciscan Charities, as well as elves (local volunteers) and a special appearance by Santa.

More than 700 toys were distributed to more than 600 children. The gifts were among the 500,000 toys donated throughout the year by toy industry manufacturers to The Toy Bank. Gifts were also donated via TIF’s annual Holiday Toy Drive, which is held each year from November 1 to December 31. To date, more than 175,000 toys, valued at more than $2.5 million, have been donated for this year’s Holiday Toy Drive.

Toys for the Newark event were donated by Kid O Products; Pretty Ugly, LLC; Briarpatch, Inc.; and New Adventures, LLC.

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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 Needs Your Toy Donations

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is in critical need of new toys for its Play Comforts partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Military Services and is asking the industry for donations. TIF’s Toy Bank needs toys, plush, games, books, and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. The organization stresses that no donation is too small. Shipping to Atlanta is required.

There are only two live Toy Bank distribution events left for this year and toys must be shipped no later than Friday, July 29 for the events serving 5,000 kids stationed in Norfolk, Va. and 8,000 children abroad in Germany. However, toy donations will be accepted at anytime; later this year, thousands of additional toys will be distributed to additional U.S. bases across the country.

For more information, contact thetoybank@toyindustryfoundation.org or (646) 454-5581.

TIF Launches “Play Connects” Grant Program

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and the Toy Industry Association (TIA) have launched a new grant program, Play Connects.

This grant program will provide up to three $10,000 grants for local charities that are nominated by members of the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Only 501c(3) organizations nominated by TIA members who are in good standing are eligible for these annual grants.

Full and associate TIA members can nominate local charities by visiting the Foundation’s website and following the links for Play Connects to complete the required forms. The nominations must be received before September 15, and winners will be announced December 15. The winners will be selected by the Program Grants Committee made up of the TIF Board of Trustees.

Check Out This Video of TIF Spreading Smiles

Check out this video that showcases all the smiles spread because of the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) in 2010. Donations from Toy Bank supporters, corporate patrons, Leaders Circle members, and charity partners helped more than 550,000 children this past year.