Toys"R"Us Children's Fund Donates $200,000 to Save the Children to Support Recovery Efforts Following Storms and Tornados in the Southeast
WAYNE, N.J., May 2, 2011 -- The Toys"R"Us Children's Fund today announced a $200,000 donation to Save the Children to support relief and rebuilding efforts in the Southeast United States following last week's widespread destruction in the wake of severe storms and tornados.
Save the Children is a global humanitarian organization that responds to the unique needs of the world's children during times of crisis. Immediately following this disaster, Save the Children deployed staff to the affected region to address the immediate needs of children in temporary shelters. Now, they are mobilizing to restore child care services in the most devastated areas so parents can focus on recovery and return to work. Save the Children will focus its efforts on several of the hardest hit communities in northern Mississippi and northern Alabama.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. has thousands of employees and numerous stores across the Southeast. The company is providing support to employees who may have been affected by the disaster through The Geoffrey Fund, which offers financial assistance to its team members in times of hardship.
To provide further assistance, Toys"R"Us, Inc. employees around the country who wish to help are being encouraged to donate to Save the Children. In the Southeast, employees are volunteering their time to help in local communities.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. and the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund have an ongoing partnership with Save the Children to provide children and families with needed assistance in times of crisis, including in the wake of large-scale disasters in the U.S. and around the world. The core mission of the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need.
About the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund
The Toys"R"Us Children's Fund is a public charity affiliated with Toys"R"Us, Inc., a company that unabashedly declares "We love kids!" The core mission of the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. Since it was founded in 1992, the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund has contributed millions of dollars to qualified organizations that support that mission, including those providing disaster relief to children and families who are victims of large-scale crises. The Toys"R"Us Children's Fund also provides grants to leading organizations that support children with special needs.
Primary fundraising activities include the annual Toys"R"Us Children's Fund Gala, a private, invitation-only event that showcases the work of the Fund and raises money to support its many beneficiaries. This annual benefit has raised more than $90 million since its inception in 1985 and is one of the largest single-night fundraising events held in New York City.
About Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. is the world's leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 868 Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores in the United States, and in more than 520 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 33 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com, FAO.com and babyuniverse.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys"R"Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need.