TIF Hosts Special Evening of Play at Ronald McDonald House New York

July 23, 2014 | Pediatric cancer patients and children facing other illnesses living at Ronald McDonald House New York were treated to a “Wacky Hat”-themed evening of play hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) on July 22nd.

Nearly 100 kids and their family members gathered on the House terrace, where they enjoyed arts & crafts, decorated wacky headwear and accessories, and played with toys donated by generous companies to TIF’s Toy Bank – including remote controlled vehicles, stuffed animals, toddler block sets, construction kits, DIY fashion sets, and more.

“When a child has a life-threatening illness, the entire family is affected,” said Marisa Medina, TIF manager. “We were so happy to provide these children, their parents, and their siblings with a fun-filled evening of play, arts and crafts, and plenty of laughs. Thank you to each of our donors, who helped make the “Wacky Hat” night such a success!”

Beautiful hats for boys and girls were donated by Brooke's Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer, a non-profit founded by the family of a former Ronald McDonald House New York resident. Brooke’s Blossoming Hope provides young cancer patients with hand-crafted headwear to help them cope with the difficulties of hair loss. Dinner and dessert was generously provided courtesy of Fairway Markets.

Toys distributed at the event were donated to The Toy Bank by Realtime Products, LLC; Carrera of America, Inc.; Commonwealth Toy & Novelty Co., Inc.; Giggle, Inc.; Learning Resources; Lulu, Jr.; Make Meaning; Mary Arnold Toys; Mega Brands; RoomMates, a Division of York Wallcoverings; Safari Ltd; and Wicked Cool Toys.

Event photos are available on Facebook – view TIF's RMHC photo album.

Each year, TIF visits the Ronald McDonald House of New York to provide sick kids with a magical evening filled with laughter and play. One of the largest facilities of its type in the world, RMHC New York aims to provide a temporary “home-away-from-home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families, as well as a supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of the child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems.