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Friday, November 17 2017 08:11

BE FEARLESS BE KIND: Hasbro to Match Toys for Tots Donations to Spread Holiday Cheer...

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I'm all about recognizing those that are doing good, and while I work on my own, hyper-local Rock Father Santa Holiday Toy Delivery Program during the Holiday season, it's always great to see what the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is accomplishing nationwide. Sadly, I've heard that their donations have been light the past few years (something I ran into here last year), but this year they're getting a big boost, and it comes from the good folks at Hasbro. For 2017, Hasbro has unveiled a new holiday matching campaign that will bring joy to even more children in need. For every new, unwrapped toy or game donated by individuals to any Toys for Tots local campaign through the 2017 holiday season, Hasbro will also donate a new toy or game as part of its BE FEARLESS BE KIND philanthropic initiative, up to one million gifts!

"The holidays can be a trying time for families in need and oftentimes we're low on toys by early December. This gift from Hasbro will help our U.S. Marine Corps reservists and volunteers bring smiles to the faces of so many more children who need our help," said Lieutenant General H.P. Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

A corporate partner for more than 20 years, Hasbro has helped to deliver more than 3.5 million toys and games nationwide through its annual support of Toys for Tots. This year, the company seeks to inspire even more donations through this holiday matching campaign. To find a local Toys for Tots unit and learn more about how to make a donation, please visit: http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx.

"The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys for Tots Program truly embody what it means to be both fearless and kind, and with such great need in communities throughout the country, their work is more important than ever," said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. "Through our BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative, Hasbro hopes to inspire kids to make a difference in the world. We want even more families to feel inspired to donate, knowing their one donation will actually mean two gifts for children in need."

Through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses, combined with a dedicated corps of over 35,000 volunteers across the country, Toys for Tots plays an active role in creating a more inclusive world and inspiring others to make a difference in their communities. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, families who struggle to make ends meet seek additional support to provide their children with a little joy during this special time of year.

This holiday, local toy drives will be held in more than 800 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

BE FEARLESS BE KIND is Hasbro's signature philanthropic initiative, designed to empower kids to have the compassion and courage to stand up for others, to be inclusive and to make a difference in the world. In 2016, the company impacted more than 3.8 million children worldwide through its many philanthropic programs like BE FEARLESS BE KIND and partnerships with organizations like Toys for Tots.

Families or volunteers who have been impacted by Toys for Tots over the years are encouraged to share their stories at: stories.toysfortots.org.  

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

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