The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, as well as CASA of Cook County, hosted nearly 500 Chicago-area foster children at Play Your Part–Chicago on July 16 at U.S. Cellular Field. TIF provided more than 3,700 playthings valued at more than $50,000 to foster children served by CASA of Cook County. Kids ages 3 through teens will be gifted with additional new toys to help celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special occasions.
Waba Fun LLC recently donated $105,000 worth of Superstructs Mega Sets to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Toy Bank, which donates toys and games to children who are battling life-threatening illnesses, living in poverty, and otherwise in need.
The Toy Bank is stocked with donations from manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. These gifts are generally distributed through The Toy Bank’s network of 1,000 charities across the nation and around the world to foster kids, children living on U.S. military bases, children who are ill, impoverished, affected by natural disasters, or living through other stressful situations.
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and its Toy Bank distributed more than 500,000 new toys and games to children in need in all 50 states on a single day on August 1. Dubbed Toys Across America, this special day of toys, play, and fun celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Toy Bank, a program that collects new toys from donor toy companies and delivers them through a network of charities serving kids and families.
An interactive map on the Toys Across America website—along with photos, videos, and live updates on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—showed the progress as toys were distributed in each state and Washington, D.C. The webpage included details about the charities served (name, city, and state), participating toy companies, and special festive events in Braddock, Penn., Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City.
In the last decade, The Toy Bank has delivered more than 10 million toys valued at more than $85 million to children who are sick, impoverished, in the foster care system, living through natural disasters, enduring life on a military base, or otherwise in need.
The Toy Bank is the signature program of TIF, the philanthropic organization representing the North American toy industry. Throughout the year, toy companies and retailers donate new toys to the program. The Toy Bank’s logistics partner, Kids in Distressed Situations, then distributes the toys through its nationwide network of child-focused charities. Three dozen toy donor companies joined with sponsors Funrise and Bandai America Inc. to make Toys Across America possible.
More than 3,000 boys and girls living with their parents on Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter U.S. Army bases were treated to two days of toy giveaways on December 4 and 6,respectively. The events were hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services, who brought the spirit of the season to military families complete with gifts, holiday carolers, and the lighting of two of the largest Christmas trees in the country. [Read more...]
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.
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.
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