TIF Toy Bank Donor Highlight: Bananagrams

Toy News Tuesday editors recently sat down with Rena Nathanson, CEO and co-inventor of Bananagrams, Inc. Bananagrams is a longtime partner of the Toy Industry Foundation’s Toy Bank, donating between 300 and 1,000 games per year to underprivileged children since the company’s launch in 2006. Nathanson shared insight on what it means to give back to children in need and how that fits with Bananagrams’ mission to bring learning and fun to all children.


Thousands of Brand-New Toys Put Smiles on the Faces of Children in Foster Care

More than 300 Chicago-area children living in foster care received brand-new toys and enjoyed a fun afternoon of play today at a special “Play Your Part – Chicago” event hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA). Held at Guaranteed Rate Field, the memorable day was made possible thanks to generous toy industry volunteers, donors, and sponsors from more than two dozen local toy companies.


Global Toy Industry Priority Issues and Projects Discussed at 43rd Annual General ICTI Meeting

Representatives of national toy trade associations from around the world convened in Sydney, Australia last week for the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) 43rd Annual General Meeting. Hosted by the Australian Toy Association (ATA), the June 11-13 meeting explored issues currently affecting the worldwide toy industry – including the future trends of toys, the value of play, social responsibility, and standards and regulatory issues.


Toy Industry Foundation Delivers Toys to Pediatric Cancer Patients During NY Yankees “HOPE Week”

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) delivered brand-new toys, games, and costumes this week to local pediatric cancer patients and their families honored by New York Yankees HOPE (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) Week. The Yankees’ 9th annual HOPE Week, which shines a spotlight on individuals, families, and organizations worthy of recognition and support, is taking place May 22-26.


TIF Receives More Than 300,000 Toys from Tristar Products to Comfort Children in Need

Children who are impoverished, underserved, ill, or facing other forms of adversity will receive brand new Bandaloom kits this year thanks to Tristar Products, Inc.’s generous donation of more than 300,000 kits to the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF).


Volunteer for TIF’s ‘Play Your Part Chicago’ Event this Summer

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is hoping to provide comfort and joy to thousands of foster kids during its third annual “Play Your Part Chicago” volunteer event, scheduled to take place July 20 at Chicago’s White Sox Stadium. Volunteer registration for the event is open through July 6.


Volunteer Registration Opens for TIF’s Annual ‘Play Your Part’ Event in LA

Thousands of foster children will receive toys and games of their very own following the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) largest annual volunteer event of the year – “Play Your Part LA” – scheduled to take place June 8 in Los Angeles, CA. Volunteer registration for the event is open through May 22.


Toy Fair Exhibitors Donate Record Number of Toys & Games to Benefit Kids in Need

Thousands of disadvantaged children across the United States will soon have new toys and games to call their own. Following the 114th North American International Toy Fair, exhibiting toy companies donated a record-breaking number of nearly 55,000 new toys to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Toy Bank.


Don’t Forget to Donate Toys & Games at the Close of Toy Fair

Exhibiting companies at the 114th North American International Toy Fair are encouraged to donate their toys and games to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) largest toy drive of the year. The collection will take place immediately following the close of the show (February 21).


Auction Proceeds from Moose Toys’ Precious Shopkins Character to Benefit TIF

Moose Toys will reveal a precious Shopkins character, made with real gold and diamonds, at the upcoming 114th North American International Toy Fair. The “Winnie Award” Shopkins, a one-of-a-kind collectible, plated in gold, set with five diamonds, and hand-crafted in Australia, will be auctioned off later this year, with all proceeds going to the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF).


Bring Happiness to Kids in Need: Donate Your Toys & Games at the Close of Toy Fair

Every child deserves a chance to hug their favorite stuffed animal or show off their game-playing skills, but not every family can afford to buy toys and games for their kids. That’s why the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) will once again host its largest toy drive of the year at the North American International Toy Fair.