Friday, December 14 2018 08:14

Doing Good: "Play Your Part" Event Brings a Winter Wonderland to More than 250 Deserving Kids...

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The holiday spirit is infectious and there's nothing better than seeing joy brought forth to kids who don't see enough of it. The latest news to roll in comes from Massachusetts, where more than 250 deserving children were able to enjoy a "winter wonderland of play" at a special Play Your Part event hosted by The Toy Foundation (TTF) in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) – Local 103 in Dorchester, MA.  

"The holidays should be about enjoying the magic of the season through toys and play – but many kids facing adversities do not get to experience this kind of wonderment. The Play Your Part events are meant to remind these kids that they have not been forgotten," said Jean Butler, executive director of The Toy Foundation. "In addition, from stuffed animals and dolls to board games and puzzles, the brand-new playthings donated through today's event will bring comfort and joy to thousands of kids who do not have a toy to call their own."

More than 50 volunteers from nearly a dozen regional toy companies — including LEGO, SchyllingThames & Kosmos, and TOMY — helped distribute toys and run holiday-themed games and activities for kids, such as decorating cookies, creating custom ornaments, taking pictures with Santa, and other toy-sponsored events. Volunteers also assembled holiday gift bags filled with new toys and games for each child to take home. Thousands of additional children in need throughout Massachusetts will receive toys from the event this holiday season.

Toy manufacturers, retailers, and distributors generously donated more than 20,000 toys for the event and to The Toy Foundation's Toy Bank.


"Through the generosity of The Toy Foundation and the sponsors of this event, we are fortunate enough to be able to help so many families this year," said Bob Scannell, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. "Many of our former club members return each year during the holiday season to give back. They let us know that it is the people and events just like Play Your Part that plant a seed of hope in the heart of a child. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester's board, staff, and families are touched by the kindness shown and beyond grateful for the support of The Toy Foundation." 

Play Your Part – Boston is part of a series of events hosted by the Foundation in various cities nationwide that aim to support and comfort underprivileged children. So far this year, Play Your Part events have been held in Los Angeles and Chicago.  For a a look at how it all goes down, check out this video featuring highlights of this summer's event here in Chicago:

TTF works year-round to bring new toys and games to children who are impoverished, at-risk, in hospitals, in military families, and otherwise in need. To date, the Foundation has provided $200 million in toys to more than 25 million deserving children. Learn more here.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly 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. 

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 PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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