Helping Kids in Need
The core philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. One of our main areas of focus includes helping children facing poverty and supporting them in times of distress.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) started as a front yard lemonade stand hosted by 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was diagnosed with cancer just before her first birthday. Wishing to help doctors find a cure for childhood cancer, Alex held her first lemonade stand in 2000, raising $2,000 in one day. Even as she faced illness and difficult treatments, she continued to host lemonade stands every year thereafter. In 2004, Alex lost her life to cancer at the age of 8, but not before she helped raise $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that she bravely battled for so many years. Through one little girl’s inspiration, ALSF was formally established as a charitable organization in 2005 by Alex’s parents, Liz and Jay Scott. ALSF continues to encourage children nationwide to work toward Alex’s dream of a cure for all children with cancer. To date, Alex’s legacy has helped raise more than $65 million.
In 2013, Toys“R”Us reaffirmed its commitment to ALSF, providing a $100,000 grant through the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and launching its third consecutive fundraising and awareness campaign, which raised nearly $1.8 million in eight weeks. Since the partnership began in 2011, donations from customers, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund together have provided more than $5.8 million to the organization. Additionally, the partnership between Toys“R”Us and ALSF has been honored with a 2012 Gold Halo Award for Best Event Marketing Campaign and a 2013 Corporate/Community Partnership CSR Award from PR News.
Over the past 16 years, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and Toys“R”Us, Inc. have provided Make-A-Wish with more than $2.3 million to help make wishes come true for children facing life-threatening medical conditions. Shopping spree wishes are held at Toys“R”Us stores across the country, creating celebratory events for wish children as they are cheered on by our employees and Geoffrey the Giraffe. Make-A-Wish enriches the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of the children. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes and has granted more than 212,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org.
Save the Children
Save the Children is a global humanitarian agency working to create positive change for children in the United States. In 2010, Toys“R”Us, Inc. raised more than $900,000 through its second Bundled in Hope® campaign to help Save the Children purchase blankets for babies in need and support their early childhood programs in the United States. In addition, celebrity moms joined the campaign designing one-of-a-kind blankets for auction, and moms-to-be were given the opportunity to fundraise through their baby registries. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund also awarded $250,000 in grant funding in 2010 to help Save the Children provide support for young children in impoverished regions around the country. Over a two year timeframe, Save the Children received more than $2.5 million in contributions through the Bundled in Hope campaign.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
As the largest retail partner in the history of Toys for Tots, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has launched award-winning campaigns that have raised over $31.6 million and collected 3.75 million toys throughout its nine-year partnership with the organization. Each year, during the holiday season, cash and toy donations are collected in all Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores nationwide, and monetary donations are accepted online. All toys collected remain in the community where they are donated to benefit local children in need. Toys for Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship Christmas charitable causes, is dedicated to delivering a message of hope and bringing the joy of Christmas to America’s less fortunate children. Our campaigns for Toys for Tots have twice been honored by the Cause Marketing Forum’s HALO awards, and the company received a SPARC award for Outstanding Corporate Citizen.
Kids in Distressed Situations
Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) is a global charity that distributes new, donated children’s merchandise to more than 1,000 nonprofit agencies that help children in poverty-stricken communities, homeless shelters, foster-care facilities, hospitals, AIDS clinics and relief organizations. Since 1988, the “R”Us family has given K.I.D.S. nearly $40 million in product donations from its corporate office, distribution centers and stores nationwide. Additionally, the organization has received more than $1,000,000 in grants from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund.