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The 2018 TOTY Awards: Here’s What You Need to Know
Excitement is mounting for the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) 18th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards ceremony, taking place on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. There is still time for toy professionals to purchase their tickets.
Highlighting Lulu Jr., a TIF Toy Bank Donor
Lulu Jr., the Morrisville, N.C. maker of popular book-making kits including IlluStory, has partnered with the Toy Industry Foundation’s Toy Bank since 2013. To date, the company has donated more than $100,000 in book-making kits to children in need. Toy News Tuesday editors sat down with Jen Santoro, Lulu Jr.’s program manager, to discuss the company’s commitment to ensuring that all children – regardless of their circumstances – learn to read and write.
Help Kids in Need with Your TOTY 2018 Tribute Book Ad
Companies looking for a memorable way to support a worthy cause – while promoting their brands – can now reserve ad space in the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) 2018 Tribute Book, the official event program for the 18th annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards ceremony.
Holiday Toy Giveaway Brings Magic of Play to Local Foster Children
More than 100 children in foster care from Massachusetts enjoyed a winter wonderland of play yesterday at a special Play Your Part event hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) in partnership with the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA) at Gillette Stadium.
Toy of the Year Finalists Featured on Amazon and Toysrus.com
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) announced today that the 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award finalists are available online at Amazon (amazon.com/toty) and Toys“R”Us® (Toysrus.com) through February 2018, providing shoppers with unique access to a comprehensive list of the hottest toys of the season curated by toy and play experts.
TIF Collects Record-Breaking Toy Donations at Fall Toy Preview
Hundreds of children affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as those fighting poverty, abuse, neglect, illness, and other forms of adversity, will soon have new toys and games to play with thanks to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) record-breaking collection at Fall Toy Preview earlier this month.
Volunteer for TIF’s Inaugural ‘Play Your Part Boston’ Event in December
Join the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) to make this holiday season truly memorable for hundreds of foster kids as it expands its popular “Play Your Part” volunteer event to Boston on December 7. Volunteer registration for the event is now open.
TIF Mobilizes Toy Community to Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is mobilizing the toy and game community to bring comfort to children affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Foundation is accepting toy and game donations, which are being distributed to a variety of Texas charities helping families dealing with the storm’s aftermath.
Keep the Momentum Going: Donate Now to TIF’s Summer Toy Drive
As summer draws to a close, the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is hoping to keep the momentum going on its successful Summer Toy Drive by appealing to the hearts of toymakers.
TIF Toy Bank Donor Highlight: Ann Williams Group
Ann Williams Group, the Bloomfield Hills, MI-based company known for crafting activities such as the Loopdeloom and Loopdedoo, has been a partner of the Toy Industry Foundation’s Toy Bank since 2014, donating more than 2,000 crafting kits totaling upwards of $50,000 to underprivileged children. Toy News Tuesday editors recently sat down with Sheila Wright, president of Ann Williams Group, who shared insight on how the company’s crafting kits can benefit disadvantaged children.
Toy Industry Foundation Launches #ToyBank25 Campaign
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has launched #ToyBank25 – a new campaign that seeks to bring the number of disadvantaged children served to a collective 25 million through the toy community’s generous donations of brand-new toys and games.
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.
Local Toy Company Volunteers Team Up to Help Tens of Thousands of Kids in Foster Care
Tens of thousands of children in foster care throughout Southern California and across 10 states will receive the gift of play thanks to nearly 300 local toy industry volunteers who rolled up their sleeves today at the annual “Play Your Part LA” event hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) in partnership with National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA).
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).
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.
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.