Senate Passes National Toy Week Resolution
December 20, 2013 |
The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution on December 20th, designating December 22-28, 2013 as National Toy Week in recognition of the value of toys and play.
Sponsored by Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and John Boozman (R-AR), the resolution encourages people to observe National Toy Week by coming together to play with toys and games. It acknowledges the necessary role of play in the development of children, and that as the tools of play, toys help children develop active minds, active bodies and essential social skills.
The legislation also recognizes the importance of the toy industry for the national economy, noting that the industry supports over 600,000 full-time jobs and had an economic impact of more than $75 billion in 2013 alone. It underscores that, for 97 years, the toy industry has provided the U.S. market with a wealth of creativity and innovation and has promoted fun and safe play.
“This is an important tribute from U.S. lawmakers, serving to highlight not only the joy but also the benefits that toys and play offer our nation’s children,” said Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs for the Toy Industry Association (TIA). “National Toy Week provides a wonderful opportunity for all toy stakeholders to share the message of the magic of toys and play with people across the country this holiday season.”