Play Your Part L.A.

PYPLALocal toy company volunteers team up to help 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 participated in 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).

Nearly 50 toy companies participated in the event through a toy donation, sponsorship, or volunteer effort — including Bandai, Educational Insights, JAKKS Pacific, Mattel, Nickelodeon and Spin Master. Industry-wide volunteers sorted toys and wrote comforting letters of support at “inspiration stations.” These toys and letters were placed in special care packages that will be shipped to 50 National CASA chapters.

In total, more than 60,000 toys were donated in order to make this event possible, thanks to TIF’s Toy Bank donors, comprised of generous manufacturers, retailers and distributors.

“Children in foster care have to face very grown-up problems at such a young age, robbing them of a carefree childhood,” Jean Butler, executive director of the Toy Industry Foundation, said in a release. “It is our hope that the toys provided through this event bring comfort and happiness to these deserving children as they await placement in loving, permanent homes.”

About 100 L.A.-area foster children were present at the event to receive action figures, arts and crafts, board games, dolls, puzzles and more. They also enjoyed fun-filled, company-sponsored activities and games led by the volunteers.

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