TIF Brings Necessities and Toys to New York City Kids with Chronic Health and Home Issues

November 12, 2012 | On Monday, November 12, children living in fragile or chaotic homes and suffering from physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions and terminal illnesses received duffel bags filled with necessities and toys from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and My Stuff Bags Foundation.

At the New Alternatives for Children (NAC) Manhattan headquarters on Monday afternoon, volunteers from TIF and distribution partner Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) handed out “My Stuff” bags filled with clothes, blankets, toiletries, stuffed animals and toys to 30 kids served by NAC. Additionally, 600 duffels delivered last week to NAC will go to children across all of New York City's five boroughs now through the holidays, including those affected by Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island, Far Rockaway, and Red Hook, NY.

NAC is a children’s charity that helps kids living in poverty or difficult situations, and who have chronic medical conditions ranging from terminal diagnoses such as Neuroblastoma, to physical disabilities including muscular dystrophy, and rare diagnoses such as Oto Palatio Digital Syndrome.

“The Toy Industry Foundation was proud to provide these children with a little bit of hope and joy while they face grown-up problems at such a young age,” said Jean Butler, executive director of the Toy Industry Foundation. “It is our hope that in sharing the gift of play we allow them to just be kids and show them that many people care about them.”

“It was nice meeting you,” said Tyrese, a teenage boy who received a bag at the Manhattan event. “Thank you so much for sharing your toys with us. You made a lot of people smile today.”

Toys for this distribution were donated by generous manufacturers/distributors and retailers through TIF’s Toy Bank.