MILFORD, Mass. – Members of the Toy Industry Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America distributed new toys and games to 250 children stationed at the Massachusetts Military Reservation, Cape Cod, Mass. and surrounding military installations, June 4, 2011. Captain David Throop, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, accepted toys on behalf of the Coast Guard, National Guard, Army and Air Force communities.
Also, Congressman Barney Frank’s office and local toy industry companies sent representatives to help distribute the toys.
“The Toy Industry Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club annually select military installations to conduct this event,” said Candy LeBlanc, a Recreation Specialist for the U.S. Coast Guard Morale Welfare Recreation. “USCG MWR Air Station Cape Cod was selected this past spring. I believe in part due to the fact that we have Boys and Girls Club programs here on the base.”
Besides handing out toys, U.S. Coast Guard MWR hosted magicians, face painters and balloon sculptures for the event, said LeBlanc.
The program is part of President Barack Obama’s project to make certain America’s military and family members have the assets they need. It is the year of the military family and to celebrate, toys will be distributed through the Play Comforts partnership, which is a union of the TIF and BGCA, to the Massachusetts Military Reservation as well as other U.S. Coast Guard bases throughout the U.S.
“In 2011, Boys and Girls Clubs of America will celebrate the second year of our partnership with the Toy Industry Foundation,” said Terrill D. Wicks, VP Military Services and International Projects. “Play Comforts is a great opportunity for both BGCA and the TIF to show our support for the unselfish sacrifice made by our military personnel and their families. We commend the TIF for their commitment to our military families and are grateful for their unwavering support.”
Play Comforts is the first-ever national toy service to distribute toys to every branch of the military.
The Foundation’s Toy Bank, which receives 5 million dollars worth of donations from toy manufacturers, retailers and distributors each year, will disperse the toys to 30 U.S. military installations with high deployment rates.
“Military families sacrifice so much to ensure the U.S. is a safe place for all of us,” said Jean Butler, TIF Executive Director. “The Toy Industry Foundation is committed to providing toys to the children of these families in order to help alleviate the stress and anxiety of having a loved one far from home.”