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Contact: Adrienne Appell / Angela Richmond
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2,000 Kids on North Carolina Air Force Base Receive New Toys from Toy Industry Foundation

TIF and Partner BGCA Provide Toys for Base’s Annual Tree Trimming Ceremony 

Goldsboro, NC | December 3, 2013 – More than 2,000 children and their families living on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina were provided with some pre-holiday cheer on Monday, December 2nd  when they were treated to a special toy giveaway by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and national partner Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services

During the base’s annual tree lighting ceremony, which featured Santa Claus, hay rides, live performances, arts and crafts, and entertainment provided by a DJ, the children received hundreds of brand new toys, games and stuffed animals, donated by generous toy companies to TIF’s signature giving program – The Toy Bank

“We are so pleased to bring these toys and games to the very deserving kids of all ages living on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, especially with the holiday season just around the corner,” said Jean Butler, TIF executive director. “We hope that these playthings will help ease the stress and hardship they face having one or both parents bravely commit themselves to this country.”

“Through our service to almost 500,000 youth on U.S. military installations, we see firsthand how difficult military life can be for children who must balance the challenges of youth with the frequent deployments of their parents,” said Terrill Wicks, national vice president, Military & Outreach Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Few things can relieve these stresses like the joy of fun and play, and we are thrilled to have a partner like Toy Industry Foundation to help share that magic with military youth across the globe.”

Master Sergeant Becky Davis, whose husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan and whose daughter, Courtney (6), participated in the toy giveaway event said: "I feel like the kids sacrifice more than we do sometimes. It's nice to see the kids get a gift. They are always giving – it's wonderful to see that someone is giving to them." 

The event was held as part of the joint TIF / BGCA Play Comforts program – the first-ever national toy distribution initiative to serve every branch of the U.S. military.  Through Play Comforts, toys and games donated by caring toy companies are delivered on an annual basis to families on dozens of U.S. military installations at home and abroad. Now in its fourth year of operation, the program has provided more than $3.8 million in toys for children of military families.

Gifts distributed at this event were generously donated to the Toy Industry Foundation’s Toy Bank by AbraKIDabra, ALEX Toys, Barnes & Noble, Cardinal Industries, Cartamundi USA, Hohner, Inc., Green Toys, Innovation First, LEGO Systems, Inc., Mattel, Inc., MindWare, Ohio Art, Patch Products, Safari Ltd., Wonder Forge, Wyla/Just Pretend Kids, and exhibitors at the Toy Industry Association’s Fall Toy Preview in Dallas, TX.

The Toy Bank is now celebrating 10 years of providing toys for more than 11 million children in need around the world.