One Week Left – TIF Summer Toy Drive
August 21, 2012 | 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 among the companies
that have joined together this season to donate toys, games and plush to
children in need are invited to submit a product donation form by August 31st.
“While the holidays are typically the time of year that
individuals and companies tend to give back, it’s important to
remember that kids facing poverty, illness and other difficulties need
our attention and help year-round,” said Melissa Kipp, Foundation
Since opening on May 1st, 35 children’s charities across 14
states have received toys from TIF’s 2012 Summer Toy Drive,
- The Dream
Center in Los Angeles, CA, 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.
for Daughters in Denver, CO 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.
Konnection in Washington, DC 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
TIF’s Summer Toy Drive continues through August 31st
– those who are interested in helping are encouraged to make
a product donation or contact Foundation
Kipp (646-520-4878) for more information. As a special thank
you, all donors are recognized in TIF’s annual publications
including the Toy of the Year Awards Tribute Book, on the
Foundation’s website, and via social media.