Toys and School Supplies Needed to Help At-Risk Children at Bronx Charter School


In 2008, Mott Haven Academy became the first public charter school in the nation for at-risk children.  Sponsored by The New York Foundling, the school aims to empower children by integrating family support services into a rigorous academic program so that deserving children can reach their full potential.

June 28, 2012 | The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is seeking toys and school supplies to fill hundreds of “Back to School” duffels that will be delivered to at-risk children at Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the Bronx on September 13th, 2012.

At the start of each school year, TIF and partner My Stuff Bags Foundation visit Mott Haven to deliver the “tools of success” to kindergartners and first and second grade students living in New York City’s foster care and welfare system.

“The educational toys and school supplies that fill our “My Stuff” duffels help to prepare these kids for the year ahead,” said Marisa Medina, Foundation Manager. “It’s a great opportunity to show them that people care, while also helping them kick-off the school year on a positive note!”

In addition to toys and school supplies, the duffels are filled with blankets, toiletries and other necessities that bring comfort to kids who oftentimes have nothing to call their own. In New York City alone, there are 16,000 children who are living in foster care. They are among the 400,000 kids rescued from abuse or neglect that are in the foster care system across the U.S.

To donate products to this cause, simply fill out a product donation agreement and mark “My Stuff Bags” in Section 1. Submit the completed form via email or fax (212.675.1328). Questions may be directed to Melissa Kipp (646.520.4878).

To be included in the 200 duffels distributed at Mott Haven, donations must be received by August 23rd. Additional toys sent in for the TIF/MSB initiative will be used to fill “My Stuff” bags delivered throughout the year to foster care kids across the country.