Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Donates $200,000 to Save the Children to Support Recovery Efforts Following Storms and Tornadoes in the Southeast

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (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 tornadoes.

Save the Children has deployed its disaster emergency unit to the hardest hit areas of northern Alabama and Mississippi to address the unmet needs of children following a disaster. The organization has requested a meeting with state officials and child care leaders to discuss emergency provisions that ensure children's safety, enable families to access child care, and help child care workers get back to work providing safe, secure places for children.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. has thousands of employees and numerous stores across the Southeast. 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.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met. Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 78,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa

Members of the public who want to help can donate now to the Southern U.S. Tornado Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of the devastating tornadoes.

Donate $10 by texting "4TORNADO" to 20222 (U.S. Only, standard message rates apply).

You can help us prepare and respond immediately to emergencies and disasters around the world by contributing to our Children's Emergency Fund. Donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund

You can help make a difference by supporting all the work that Save the Children does to help children in need in the U.S. and around the world. Donate Now to Support our Mission

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