Atlanta-based human services agency Caring For Others will reach more than 2,880 children when it helps celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Toy Bank by participating in Toys Across America, a simultaneous distribution of toys and games to kids in need in all 50 states. The Atlanta event will be held on Thursday, August 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Caring For Others.
The Toy Bank is a signature program of the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), the philanthropic organization representing the entire North American toy industry. More than 10 million deserving children in the U.S. and around the world have received toys from The Toy Bank since it was formed a decade ago … that’s millions of smiles on the faces of millions of kids!
Working together with TIF and Kids in Distressed Situations, the Toy Bank’s distribution partner, Caring For Others and local charities across the country joined together for the 10th anniversary celebration and toy distribution.
“The Toy Industry Foundation’s year-round mission is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to play,” said Jean Butler, executive director of the TIF. “But what’s so incredible – so inspiring – about Toys Across America is that it has provided us with a unique occasion to give the empowering gift of play to thousands of children on a single day.”
“Caring For Others is thrilled to be part of the Toy Bank’s celebration,” said Eslene Richmond-Shockley, President and CEO. “Because of the generosity of the toy industry and TIF, we have been able to provide toys to children in our community who may not always have access to the things that many of us take for granted.”
The Toy Bank relies upon the generosity of the toy companies that have donated more than 10 million toys worth more than $80 million during the past decade, and the network of charities that get toys directly into the hands of children who truly need them.
To learn more about The Toy Bank, Toys Across America, or the other programs of the Toy Industry Foundation, to register a local charity for a future Toy Bank donation, or to help give the gift of play to a child in need, please visit ToyIndustryFoundation.org.
ABOUT CARING FOR OTHERS, INC. www.caring4others.org
Caring For Others, Inc. (CFO) (501c3) is a human services organization established in November 2001 to provide meaningful improvement in quality of life and economic opportunity for low-income individuals and families.
Caring For Others, Inc. offers an advanced model for human services that strives to prevent the familiar cycle of poverty many people face today. We help stabilize lives by meeting immediate basic needs of food and clothing, and then provide support to help clients become more self-sufficient. Caring For Others provides personal and financial support during turbulent times including individual counseling, money management training, job retention and job placement services.
Initially focusing on communities within Atlanta, in recent years Caring For Others has expanded its reach of hope and dignity by developing partnerships with over 110 agencies in Georgia and the United States; with their assistance Caring For Others provides services to the economically-disadvantaged in rural communities. Caring For Others has also broadened its path of dignity and hope across borders and overseas, serving impoverished communities in countries such as Guyana, Nigeria, Antigua, Belize, the Philippines and Haiti. Caring For Others maintains, “We do not work for ourselves or even for one another; we work for the greater good.”
To serve the community and fulfill this mission, the organization depends critically on the charitable giving of others. Caring For Others seeks progressive solutions across the entirety of its platform including developing a unique and more sustainable business model with “CareMart.” The CareMart store generates income through the sale of discounted items such as new furniture, clothing and other household goods.
Caring For Others is located at 3537 Browns Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30354 and can be reached at 404-761-0133 or 404-768-2798.
About Toy Industry Foundation (www.toyindustryfoundation.org)
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring joy, comfort, and learning to children in need through toys and play. While other organizations provide food, shelter and support services to children and their families, TIF sees to it that these children have toys and opportunities to play in an attempt to restore both fun and a sense of normalcy to their lives. The Foundation currently fulfills its mission through core programs including The Toy Bank™. The first industry-wide program of its kind, The Toy Bank receives donations of newly manufactured toys from companies in the toy industry and distributes them through local charities to underserved, at-risk and homeless children throughout the United States and around the world.
About Kids in Distressed Situations (www.kidsdonations.org)
Kids in Distressed Situations was founded in 1985 with the mission of providing new kid-essentials to children and teens who have been impacted by poverty and tragedy. Since its inception, K.I.D.S has provided over 1 billion dollars to help nearly 70 million children. With a network of over 1,000 local partner agencies located in all 50 states and an overhead of less than 3%, K.I.D.S. is able to effectively and efficiently deliver products directly to children when and where they need it.