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Contact: Adrienne Appell
Toy Industry Foundation Delivers Smiles to Hundreds
of Children at U.S. Coast Guard Base in Puerto Rico
Toy Giveaway Made Possible Through
Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America Military
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico | September 14, 2012 –
Children in military families make many sacrifices, which is why on
Thursday, hundreds of children of U.S. Coast Guardsmen stationed at Air
Station Borinquen got something back – the gift of toys and play
– thanks to the Toy
Industry Foundation (TIF) and partner Boys & Girls Clubs of
America (BGCA) Military Services.
Nearly 250 boys and girls living on the base picked out their very
own toys on September 13th during a family carnival complete with games,
bouncy houses, and a barbeque dinner. Teens on the base lent a
hand as volunteers to help younger children choose the perfect
playthings from a variety of brand new stuffed animals, dolls, games, as
well as science kits, costumes, and DVDs.
“Due to moves from base to base and concerns about their
parents’ safety, these resilient children face a great deal of
stress at a young age,” said Jean Butler, Executive Director, Toy
Industry Foundation. “By sharing toys, we allow them to play
freely and remind them to smile, laugh, and have fun!”
“It is comforting to know the Toy Industry Foundation has
partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to offer toys for the
youth of those who are Active Duty. Military children often endure
long deployments during which parents are away from home,” said
Blair Markham, a father and military member station at Borinquen.
“In the absence of a parent, a toy can help bring emotional
stability during extended periods of time. The generosity of this
grant will certainly be enjoyed by the youth of this overseas military
installation. As a retired military Chief Petty officer, and the
Director of Morale, Well-being, and Recreation, I would like to
personally thank TIF for their
The event, made possible by the Play Comforts partnership between the Toy
Industry Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Military
Services, gave families far from their homes on the mainland relief from
the stress of military living during this time of conflict.
Overall, TIF has provided over 200,000 toys to BGCA for children on
military bases over the last three years and will have brought play into
the lives of families on 65 total bases by the end of 2012.
“BGCA is extremely proud and committed to our military
families. The partnership with the Toy Industry Foundation
provides an opportunity to say thank you to the families and service
members for their service and sacrifice with a gift of toys to our
military youth,” said Terrill Wicks, BGCA VP, Military Services
& International Projects.
Through the Play Comforts partnership, toys donated to
TIF’s Toy Bank by generous toy makers and merchants are delivered
year-round to U.S. military installations at home and abroad.
Companies interested in making a contribution should visit www.thetoybank.org.
Gifts distributed at the event were generously donated to TIF by
the following toy companies: Buffalo Games, DuneCraft, Every Baby
Company, GUND, Hasbro, LEGO, Mattel, Maxim, Small World Toys,
Squishable.com, Uncle Skunkle Toys, Wonder Forge, and Wyla Inc.