TIF Brings Toys to Foster & Military Kids in September
September 14, 2012 | On Thursday, September
13th, the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) hosted two important toy
distribution events that brought play, joy and hope to hundreds of
children in need.
In the Bronx, New York, TIF and strategic partner My Stuff Bags
Foundation donated more than 50 “My Stuff” duffel bags to
two incoming classes of kindergarten students at Mott Haven Academy, the
nation’s only public charter school for at-risk students in foster
care or the child welfare system. Filled with toys, toiletries, stuffed
animals, handmade blankets, and more, the duffels helped kick-off the
charter school’s fifth academic year, bringing smiles to the faces
of these children who oftentimes leave their homes and arrive at
unfamiliar places with nothing of their own.
More than a thousand miles away in Puerto Rico on the same afternoon,
kids and teens living on U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen also
received gifts from TIF. Through the Foundation’s Play
Comforts partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Military Services, brand new stuffed animals, dolls, games, science
kits, costumes and DVDs were delivered to nearly 250 children during a
fun-filled family carnival complete with games and a barbecue dinner.
Founded in 2009, the Play Comforts partnership has provided
more than 200,000 toys to families living far from home; by the end of
2012, TIF and its generous donors will have brought play to families on
65 U.S. military bases.
“At the Toy Industry Foundation, we think every child deserves
joy through play,” said Jean Butler, TIF executive director.
“The children at Mott Haven Academy and Air Station Borinquen are
no different. We were thrilled to be able to give them new toys
and games – and to show them that we really care!”
Companies interested in making a contribution to the Foundation for
events like these can find out how on The Toy Bank
website. Those who would like to donate product samples at the close
Toy Preview (Oct. 2-4, 2012) are encouraged to let TIF
know in advance of the show.