Bringing Joy through Toys: JAKKS Pacific Donates Thousands of Much-Needed Toys for Children in CrisisPosted in Press Releases on February 24th, 2011
Holiday, Fla. – Kids Wish Network, a national organization dedicated to helping children and families in need, received two outstanding donations of fantastic toys, playsets and dolls from leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. to distribute to children in crisis through Kids Wish Network’s amazingly uplifting gift-giving programs for last holiday season and the coming year.
JAKKS Pacific donated top-of-the-line toys with a retail value of approximately $90,000 to national children’s charity Kids Wish Network. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. is a multi-brand company that designs and markets a broad range of toys and consumer products, and a long time sponsor and supporter of Kids Wish Network. Through its philanthropic division, JAKKS Cares™, the company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of brand new, top of the line toys to Kids Wish throughout their five year partnership.
JAKKS Pacific’s donation to Kids Wish Network include some of the hottest toys on the market today such as Taylor Swift dolls, Hannah Montana dolls and Neopets playsets. These particular donations will bring much joy to kids of all ages who desperately need something wonderful to make them smile and Kids Wish Network is extremely proud to have JAKKS Pacific, Inc. as one of their leading and most treasured “Guardian Angels.”
The magnificent dolls, playsets and other toys donated by JAKKS Pacific, Inc. will be included in Kids Wish Network’s unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program and the groundbreaking “Kids Wish Network on Tour” program. The Holiday of Hope Gift Banks bring cheer to children in the care of specialized facilities such as hospitals, homeless and abuse shelters; “Kids Wish Network on Tour” packs several semi trucks completely full of toys, games, clothes, baby strollers and other necessary items for families and children in need living in various cities across the country, creating “miles of smiles.”
“We have been dedicated to philanthropy since inception and are especially grateful to our philanthropic partners who help us get vast amounts of toys into the hands of children who need and will enjoy them the most,” said Anne-Marie Feliciano, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, JAKKS Pacific. “We proudly work with Kids Wish Network and support their Holiday of Hope Gift Bank and Kids Wish Network on Tour program that benefit children and hope our dedication helps bring many children joy during the holiday season and throughout the year.”
“JAKKS Pacific’s donation will go a very long way in helping to ease the fears and anxieties that children in crisis situations unfortunately experience,” said Ashley Pardue, Assistant Director of Distribution, Kids Wish Network. “Hospitals and pediatric care facilities will be overjoyed to receive these toys and Kids Wish Network simply cannot express enough thanks and gratitude to JAKKS Pacific for their magnificent donations.”
Pardue continued, “There is nothing better than seeing the excitement and surprise on the face of a child who is bravely battling a crippling disease or dealing with some awful circumstances and Kids Wish Network is overjoyed to facilitate these memorable moments. Our mission would not be possible nor would we be able to make a difference in the lives of so many young people, were it not for caring organizations like JAKKS Pacific, Inc. We offer our sincere thanks to this wonderful “Guardian Angel” and others like them who help us to spread cheer year-round to very deserving children.”
About JAKKS Pacific:
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products, with a wide range of products that feature some of the most popular brands and children’s toy licenses in the world. JAKKS’ diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys and Pet Toys sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Creative Designs International™, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!™, Tollytots® and Disguise™. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Disney®, Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Hello Kitty®, Graco®, Cabbage Patch Kids® and Pokémon®. www.jakks.com
JAKKS Cares™ is the philanthropic division of leading US toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. Through JAKKS Cares initiatives, the Company utilizes JAKKS’ powerful resources and employees to assist needy children, families and pets around the world. JAKKS Cares is strongly committed to being philanthropic and socially responsible corporate citizens, and believe we can create change that will improve the lives and well-being of children for generations to come. JAKKS Cares also seeks ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to help save our planet.
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If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, gifts, games, accessories, electronics or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciated! Kids Wish Network is happy to announce that all donated items will be shipped via free freight within the United States. For more information, please call (727) 937-3600 or toll free at (888) 918-9004.
For more information on Kids Wish Network please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you would like to donate merchandise, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.