SUPPORT SUMMERTIME PLAY! The Toy Bank℠ is Collecting Product Donations for Children in Need
May 15, 2023 | Summer break is a favorite time of year to relax and enjoy the sunshine, but for many families, the time off can cause a lot of stress. When the school year ends, families need to find safe childcare, prepare meals, and plan a variety of activities to keep kids busy. Particularly for low-income families, the summer months become a struggle to meet basic needs, according to the National Summer Learning Association, and learning, mental health, and physical health needs take a back seat.
Play has the power to deliver extraordinary educational, emotional, and physical benefits to children. The Toy Foundation™ (TTF) is calling on the play community to donate toys, games, books, and more to The Toy Bank℠ so children can continue to learn, grow, and be inspired all summer long.
TTF will quickly pick up any donations received and deliver them to charities nationwide, such as Metro World Child in Brooklyn, NY, Feed the Children in Oklahoma City, OK, and World Vision Seattle in Fife, WA, to use in their summer programming and distribute to the children they serve.
“We help children living in underserved communities and see first-hand the importance of play to help our kids learn, interact with others, and grow,” said Sara Ferrer from Metro World Child. “Especially in a city like New York, with so much happening, your toy donations add great value to the kids’ lives, and you see on their faces how special they feel to be able to call a toy their own.”
Access to a variety of indoor and outdoor toys, from coding circuits to science lab kits and scavenger hunt games, help support children’s growth and development all year long. This is especially important for younger children who are at a crucial stage in their development and more prone to setbacks. Children from low-income families are also disproportionately affected by summer learning loss in ways that can affect them years into their education, according to a recent Scholastic article.
“Your donations will help reduce our kids’ screen time, encourage outdoor play, and spark their imaginations to support their overall growth and development during the summer break,” Ferrer continued.
The Toy Bank is the industry’s year-round turnkey solution to manage corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and excess inventory issues. Your donation will automatically connect your company to a program of scale and yield a greater measurable impact on children in time for summer.
Donations of new toys in any quantity are accepted. TTF will pick up and deliver your product to a local charity at no cost to you, plus you can receive tax breaks from your donation. Following, TTF will report back the impact of your donation.
To support summertime play with a product donation, complete this form. Financial contributions can also be processed online here.
To learn more about The Toy Foundation, visit toyfoundation.org.