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50,000 New Toys Donated to SoCal Foster Youth

Abused and neglected children in Southern California’s foster care system indirectly received a gift last Friday when over 125 volunteers got together to sort and package 50,000 brand new toys donated by the Toy Industry Foundation.

“Play Your Part” volunteers helped package toys destined for children in the foster care system. (Photo courtesy of Denise Malone)

The Toy Industry Foundation and National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association partnered for the April 5th “Play Your Part” volunteer event held at a World Vision center on South Garfield Avenue in the City of Commerce.

“Today’s event was a fantastic success and the impact these toys will have on the lives of foster children throughout California is indescribable,” said National CASA CEO Michael Piraino, in a written statement. “We want to thank all of the organizations whose partnership made this possible.”

“The partnership we have forged with National CASA is one that will continue to grow, through events like this one today and via collaborations on an even grander scale in the future,” Toy Industry Foundation Executive Director Jean Butler, in a written statement. “It was a wonderful day, and our foundation couldn’t be happier to help reach so many children.”

Toy Industry Foundation supporters include Mattel, Leapfrog Enterprises, Funrise Toy Corporation, and Women in Toys. Wal-mart also supported the event by donating the use of two tractor-trailer trucks to ship the toys to destinations throughout Southern California.