The Toy Association and its charitable arm, The Toy Foundation, released the below statement yesterday. Alan Hassenfeld, known for his toy industry leadership and philanthropy, is the absolute right choice to lead the campaign.
March 1, 2021 | The Toy Foundation (TTF) is calling on the global play community to bring comfort and aid to the thousands of children and families impacted by the large-scale humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in the Ukraine.
In response, TTF has partnered with toy industry veteran Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation to spearhead an industry-wide relief effort. Hassenfeld has pledged to donate $1 million and is challenging others throughout the play industry to join him in making an impactful contribution.
“Everything we do as an industry is about children. It’s our responsibility to do everything in our power to try and bring a smile to the faces of these children as they endure this incredible darkness,” said Hassenfeld. “As we watch these events unfold, how can any of us not want to help in every possible way?”
In the coming days and weeks ahead, TTF will work with national and international partners, vetted by TTF and its campaign committee leadership, to provide essential aid and resources to the thousands of displaced families impacted by the current crisis.
“The Toy Foundation exists to offer aid and support to children in need everywhere, but especially those who have been impacted by such life-altering and traumatizing events such as this,” said Pamela Mastrota, executive director of TTF. “We are calling on our industry partners to open their hearts and lend their support in any way they can.”
TTF is currently seeking both monetary as well as product donations. Donations can be made here or by reaching directly to TTF’s Executive Director Pamela Mastrota or Director of Development John Fistolera.
Kudos to Alan and the Hassenfeld Family. They have always demonstrated a commitment to children in word AND, importantly, action.