November 01, 2011 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – As part of its ongoing commitment to keep children safe and help them in times of need, the Toys"R"Us Children’s Fund today announced a $100,000 donation to help Save the Children in its efforts to provide immediate relief to victims of flooding in Thailand caused by heavy monsoon rains affecting the region over the past several months. Toys"R"Us, Inc. currently operates nine stores in Thailand, and has nearly 100 employees in the country.
Save the Children has served children in Thailand for more than 30 years, and estimates that 800,000 children are among those now in urgent need of relief services. The organization is currently focused on delivering aid and helping to keep children safe by organizing child-friendly spaces at evacuation centers, while distributing essential food, diapers, mosquito nets, and hygiene supplies for families with children, as well as other relief by truck and boat.
“When a company moves as fast as Toys"R"Us to help children in dire need, it speaks of tremendous compassion and humanity, and we are profoundly grateful for this contribution,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “The Save the Children staff in Thailand is moving quickly to support children and families, and will be able to do even more thanks to the generous support of Toys"R"Us.”
Toys"R"Us, Inc. and the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund, a public charity affiliated with the company, together have a partnership with Save the Children to offer support in situations where children need urgent assistance as a result of large-scale disasters in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the company has donated more than $3.5 million to Save the Children to assist with its humanitarian efforts.
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 $95 million since its inception in 1985 and is one of the largest single-night fundraising events held in New York City.
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 873 Toys"R"Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 600 international stores and over 140 licensed stores in 35 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 and FAO.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 annually 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.