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|May 22, 2013 Candace Phillips and her 7 day old baby Connor. Their house is across the street from Briarwood School. Photo Credit: Justin Clemons|
WASHINGTON (May 28, 2013) — The Toys"R"Us Children's Fund announced a $100,000 donation to Save the Children to provide immediate and longer-term recovery programs for communities in Moore, Oklahoma following this week's devastating tornado.
To provide urgent assistance to families in shelters, Toys"R"Us, Inc. has made local product donations to help children impacted by the tornado. The company is also encouraging its customers to join in helping the littlest victims of this disaster by donating products through the official Save the Children registry at www.Babiesrus.com/SavetheChildren.
As a national leader in child-focused disaster response and recovery programs, Save the Children is deploying Child Friendly Space kits in shelters, creating safe play areas for kids impacted by the tornado. Its efforts will also include a review of the impact on child care centers, long term psycho-social support programs and assessing the status of local summer programs for children which may have been affected due to destruction of facilities and supplies.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. has more than 200 employees across seven stores in Oklahoma. 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.
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 the wake of large-scale disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
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 assist 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 $100 million since its inception in 1985 and is one of the largest single-night fundraising events held in New York City.
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