I have often written and spoken on the power of toys in an individual’s life and in our world as a whole. Toys have the power to change a life and to change the world.
Francesca Edwardson, the head of Chicago's Red Cross and an angel here on Earth, by the way, agrees with me on the power of toys to heal. She has encountered this power personally many times in her work.
DID YOU KNOW . . . that the Red Cross goes to every residential house fire in the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs?
DID YOU KNOW . . . that as soon as the fire department gets the call, the Red Cross gets the next call, and they show up as the home is still in flames with offers of shelter and debit cards loaded for use by the victims to buy food, clothes, and other necessities?
DID YOU KNOW . . . that the Red Cross also shows up with toys? Teddy bears and stuffed animals that provide real and meaningful comfort to the children, and often to the adults as well. Young mothers, and old as well, will cling tightly to a plush animal for comfort as they watch their world destroyed before their very eyes.
The Red Cross feeds, clothes, and houses those in need. Fran related to me that she has experienced “the power and the joy of handing a teddy bear to a child whose home has just burned down,” which is why she has devoted herself to the work she does.
Toys matter, toys heal. Toys entertain, inspire, invite exploration and inquiry. Toys matter, a lot!