TIF Holds Fundraising Drive for National Foster Care Month

This month, the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is holding its Virtual Do Good Stuff-a-thon for National  Foster Care Month.

Donations will aid the Foundation’s partnership with My Stuff Bags Foundation, which provides duffel bags filled with toys, toiletries, and other necessities needed to foster care agencies across the country.

TIF will set up a website where corporate teams or individuals can virtually “stuff” bags with items. The organization says a donation as small as $10 dollars can comfort a child.

To donate, click here

Photo Credit: The Toy Industry Foundation

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.
[Read more...]

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.

Photos: TIF and My Stuff Bags Foundation Event in the Bronx

The Toy Industry Foundation, in partnership with the My Stuff Bags Foundation, recently held an event at the Mott Haven Academy Charter School, located in the Bronx, N.Y. The school is the first in the city designed to serve kids from broken homes. Children at the charter school received new school supplies, toys, and more from the two organizations.

Photos below:

Chanler Findlay, 5, opens his “My Stuff Bag” at the Toy Industry Foundation event held at Haven Academy in the Bronx.

Kindergartner Malachi Taylor shows off a new toy, courtesy of the Toy Industry Foundation at an event hosted with My Stuff Bags at Haven Academy in the Bronx.

For more information on My Stuff Bags, visit www.mystuffbags.org.

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.

TIF Launches Charity Auction of New Star Wars Collector’s Item

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has launched a charity auction featuring the Star Wars AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) before it arrives in stores next month; proceeds will benefit TIF programs that support charities for at-risk, abused, abandoned, or ill children. The auction began July 14 and will run through July 19 at noon.

The auction features two of the new Star Wars AT-AT vehicles, donated by Hasbro.  The multi-level vehicle is two feet tall, 28 inches long, and 12 inches wide, and can hold up to 20 Star Wars figures. Winners of the auction will have exclusive ownership for two weeks before the collector’s item is available for sale.

The auction is the latest in a series of initiatives to promote individual giving in support of the TIF’s philanthropic activities.  The second annual “TIF Birthday Bids” auction, celebrating the anniversaries of characters and toys, will kick off in September.

Wild Planet Donates 12,000 Toys to Summer Toy Drive

Wild Planet Entertainment, Inc. has donated nearly 12,000 toys valued at $173,000 in support of the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) annual Summer Toy Drive.

TIF––a nonprofit organization that works to bring toys to children recovering from abuse or crisis, as well as kids in poverty, suffering from chronic illness, or living with parents in the military––collects newly manufactured toys from members of the toy industry via its Toy Bank and distributes them through local charities. Wild Planet has contributed over $1.1 million in toys since the tracking of donations began in 2003.

Nearly 1,500 products from the recent donation will be distributed by the SOS American Foundation, Inc. to children in the Ukraine and Tajikistan. TIF hopes to collect 300,000 toys during its summer toy drive.

Cancer Patients “Set Sail” With TIF, Ronald McDonald House

As mentioned in a previous post, the Toy Industry Foundation in association with the Ronald McDonald House New York hosted its “Set Sail for Summer” event last night.

Approximately 110 cancer patients and their relatives attended the event, which featured nautical activities as well as a toy distribution. This is the third year for the event, according to the foundation’s website.

Two more pictures from the event, after the jump. [Read more...]