Toy Industry Foundation Delivers 10,000 New Toys to Indiana Foster Children

July 28, 2013 | The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) teamed up with CASA of Marion County in Indiana on Saturday, July 27th to bring thousands of new toys and games to 3,500 foster children and other community children in need during CASA’s annual “Free Kids Fair.”

Thanks to a new national partnership between TIF and National CASA Association, this year’s Free Kids Fair was the largest one to date, with kids and parents enjoying a fun-filled day of carnival games, live music, prizes, and free toys, as well as school supplies donated by Office Depot. With the help of generous toy industry donors, TIF was able to provide 10,000 high-quality toys not only for this event, but for the entire state of Indiana served by CASA.

“The children were so surprised that they could keep the toys that some of them were moved to tears,” said Jean Butler, executive director of TIF. “This event was surely the highlight of the summer for many of the children who attended, and the Foundation was thrilled to be a part of it.”

“The children got something all their own … this isn’t very common for kids in their situation,” said Carol Terry, a CASA volunteer for the last 4 years.

“The Kids Fair is a wonderful opportunity for them to play and be kids, no matter what they are going through,” added Danielle Pierson, a foster parent and the Director of Fostering Youth Connections of Indiana.

Nationally, TIF has supported the National CASA Association with a grant of $200,000, enabling the organization to increase its capacity to recruit and train volunteer advocates to provide one-on-one support and guidance to children in the foster care system as they await placement in permanent homes. Earlier this month, TIF traveled to Irvington, New Jersey, to host a local CASA event that brought 5,000 toys and games to children served by the organization.

More information about the partnership can be found on the Toy Industry Foundation website.