Volunteer at The Toy Foundation’s Annual “Play Your Part LA” on June 26

April 30, 2019 | More than 200 disadvantaged Los Angeles-area children will get to experience a fun-filled day of play during The Toy Foundation’s (TTF) annual “Play Your Part LA,” taking place Wednesday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Dream Center in Los Angeles, CA, where toy professionals are invited to attend and show their support by volunteering, sponsoring an activity station, or by donating toys and games.

TTF’s national Play Your Part event series brings toy industry professionals together to positively impact local children in need. Volunteers can participate as a face-painting artist, lead an arts & crafts activity station, write letters of support at the note-card writing station, or make a child’s day by handing them their very own toy at the toy distribution tables.

Toy companies may sponsor game or activity stations (10 currently available), or donate toys that will be distributed to children facing abuse, addiction, homelessness, hunger, or other adversities. Toys for all ages are being accepted, including arts & crafts activities, books, dolls, games, plush, puzzles, and sports toys.

In addition, TTF is looking for volunteers to become “Station Captains,” who can help before and during the event. Station Captain responsibilities include ensuring all stuffed toy bags are properly organized by age and gender, making certain each toy bag includes a special note of encouragement, helping to create a team of trusted leaders to kick-off the children’s toy distribution, and leading TTF’s famous “tunnel of love” as kids exit the event.

“The Foundation’s successful Play Your Part events are a rewarding way for the toy industry to give back to those who need it most,” said Elizabeth Max, TTF’s senior foundation manager. “We are thrilled to be able to create a special day for hundreds of underprivileged children who are suffering hardships no one should ever have to experience. These children will be eagerly lining up to play with your games and activities as we transform the Dream Center’s backyard into a magical celebration for all. Join us for what is sure to be a fantastic day!”

Individuals looking to participate have until June 3 to sign up. Sponsorship commitments are needed by May 31, while toy donations will be accepted through June 14. Contact TTF’s Elizabeth Max (646.520.4851) to sign up or for more information. (Please note shipping of all toy donations is required in advance; toys will be sent directly to Los Angeles.)