Toy Donations Needed for Children in Underserved Communities
July 28, 2020 | The ongoing pandemic has upended everyone’s lives – but some communities are being hit harder than others, and children in vulnerable situations are suffering. Toy manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are encouraged to open their hearts by donating toys and games to The Toy Foundation’s Toy Bank. Every kind of toy – from dolls and plush, to action figures and outdoor toys – is needed, and will bring joy to children who may otherwise not have access to brand-new playthings.
“This is an especially critical time for children in underserved communities, as well as kids who are sick, navigating the foster care system, living on a U.S. military base, or facing other hardships,” said Elizabeth Max, senior manager of The Toy Foundation. “Even one new toy can help support a child’s resilience, well-being, and recovery. We encourage members of the toy community to donate anything they can.”
The Toy Foundation has served more than 26 million children worldwide, thanks to industry donations totaling $225 million in toys. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Foundation has broadened its mission and approved cash grants to respond to the immediate, essential needs of children and families, in addition to its commitment of delivering toys and games to underserved communities. Looking ahead, the Foundation is exploring new ways to bring play into classrooms and at-home learning environments and how to make play more inclusive, diverse, and representative of kids and youth across the country.
Companies with excess inventory to donate are encouraged to fill out and submit The Toy Bank product donation form. Free pick-up is available. Questions may be directed to The Toy Foundation’s Elizabeth Max.