Toy Industry Members Join Forces For Do Good Stuff-a-Thon

On Friday, members of the toy industry joined forces with California legislators and local volunteers for the Third Annual Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and My Stuff Bags Foundation “Do Good Stuff-a-Thon,” commemorating National Foster Care Month.

Held at the My Stuff Bags headquarters in Westlake Village, Calif., more than 150 volunteers came together to fill 5,000 duffel bags with toys, toiletries, handmade blankets, and other items that will be distributed to agencies across the U.S. that help abused and neglected children. The more than 50 organizations include California’s Bienvenidos; Florida’s Kids Central, Inc.; and Texas’ Lifeline Children and Family Services.

Volunteers included actress and author Danica McKellar of The Wonder Years and Math Doesn’t Suck, respectively; California State Senator Tony Strickland; California Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes; as well as representatives from Educational Insights, Funrise, Jakks Pacific, Mattel, Pacific Play Tents, The Piggy Story, Razor, Spin Master, Warner Brothers, Women in Toys, and World of EPI.  Members of the TIF and My Stuff Bags Foundation boards of directors also joined in the effort.

Additionally, North American toy companies such as Bandai, Hap Palmer, Hasbro, Imperial Toy, Ravensburger, Rose Art, and Schoenhut Piano Company donated items to include in the duffel bags. LeapFrog serves as an event sponsor.

TIF and BGCA Distribute Toys to Military Children

Representatives from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) celebrated military children by distributing new toys and games to more than 600 youth whose families are stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot in South Carolina. The distribution, part of the Play Comforts partnership, took place on April 13 at the Laurel Bay Youth Center.
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TIF to Collect Toy Donations at Toy Fair

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) will once again close the American International Toy Fair with a Toy Bank collection, to be held Thursday, February 16. At the close of the show each year, TIF works with Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) to scour the showroom floor, collecting toys for children in need. Volunteers will be wearing bright orange T-shirts. Following the show, toys will be sent to New York City children’s charities and TIF national partners.

To participate, visit TIF at Booth  No. 5201 on Level 1 or the TIA Information Center on Level 3. Or, submit the 2011 Toy Fair Product Donation Agreement, found here, by email or fax.

TIF and BGCA Kick Off Holiday Season with Toy Distribution

In time for Thanksgiving, representatives from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will deliver new toys and games to more than 5,000 children at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base.

The event, to be held November 17, will be the latest and largest event during the first year of the new TIF-BGCA Play Comforts partnership. Senior MacDill Air Force officials will be on-hand to accept the toys on behalf of the Air Force community. According to TIF, Play Comforts is the only known toy distribution program to support every branch of the U.S. military. TIF plans to distribute 25,000 toys to military children through the Play Comforts partnership by the end of the year.

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 Foundation Recognizes New “Power Players”

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has recently recognized iToys, Inc. and USAopoly as “Power Players,” in honor of their ongoing support of The Toy Bank.

iToys, Inc. has donated to the program every year since its inception in 2003. Most recently, the company contributed 10,000 toys for foster children across the company in TIF’s Do-Good-Stuff-a-Thon.

USAopoly also donates to the Toy Bank annually and most recently contributed to a Play Comforts event in May. TIF and national partner Boys & Girls Clubs of America Military Services distributed toys to thousands of military family members in San Diego, including a donation of games from USAopoly.

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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Toy Industry Donations to Comfort Haitian Kids

Toys valued at nearly $30,000, donated by companies across the toy industry to the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), will be distributed in partnership with Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) to children who survived the devastating Haiti earthquake on January 12.  The contribution by TIF included 2,500 new toys that will provide comfort to children in refugee shelters and camps, schools, and orphanages throughout the country.

K.I.D.S. has worked in Haiti through various partners since 1995, providing apparel, shoes, toys, and books to children in need. K.I.D.S.’ main partner for this Haiti relief is Operation Compassion, which has helped Haiti’s poor for the last 10 years.

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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.