TOYS“R”US, INC. DEMONSTRATES ITS ONGOING SUPPORT OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH NEW HIRING INITIATIVES AND PARTNERSHIPS
Company Forges Alliances with Military Employment-Focused Organizations, Launches Dedicated Military Hiring Website and Reports Hiring of 1,200 Active and Retired Military Service Members This Year
WAYNE, NJ – (November 7, 2012) – In honor of Military Family Month and Veterans Day, Toys“R”Us, Inc. today reinforced its ongoing commitment to supporting America’s military forces and their families through increased military hiring efforts and partnerships, including those organizations dedicated to helping military families whose loved ones are deployed.
“At Toys“R”Us, we are committed to helping place transitioning service members and veterans in meaningful jobs. Through their honorable service to our country, these men and women have not only shown dedication to our nation, but have gained valuable skills that make them among the best candidates for positions across our company,” said Dan Caspersen, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We’re also proud to lend our support to organizations that help families and children of military personnel through difficult times caused by transition and deployment.”
Increased Hiring Efforts to Get Troops Back to Work
The company continues to bolster its initiatives to get troops back to work by actively recruiting current and retired members of the armed forces, as well as military spouses, through a number of military job boards and career fairs, as well as partnerships with military employment-focused organizations. In March, the company joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of leading U.S. companies committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and veterans by 2020. So far this year, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has hired more than 400 veterans and military personnel at its headquarters, stores and distribution centers across the country. Additionally, in preparation for the company’s busy Christmas season, nearly 850 current and retired military service members have been hired for seasonal positions at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide.
Further assisting veterans and transitioning service members in identifying the best job opportunities for their skill set, the company launched a Military Skills Translator today on its new dedicated Military Hiring website, Toysrusinc.com/careers/military-hiring.The translator matches military personnel with Toys“R”Us, Inc. job openings based on their core Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), as well as secondary and tertiary MOS codes, subspecialties, certifications and additional training the applicant may have obtained while serving and protecting in the U.S. military.
Company Offers Veterans Day Discount to Military Service Members
In conjunction with Veterans Day and Military Family Month, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us® will welcome military moms, dads and family members into their stores nationwide with a special discount coupon, 20 percent off one regular-priced item*, valid from Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12, helping them to save during this busy gift-giving holiday season. A military ID will be required at checkout.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. Allies with Nonprofit Organizations to Help Military Families in Need
As part of its continuing mission to help children in times of need, this year Toys“R”Us, Inc. has joined forces with two organizations dedicated to supporting military families across the U.S. through grants, product donations, events and more.
Operation Shower: In May, Babies“R”Us launched a multi-level partnership with Operation Shower, an organization that hosts joyful baby showers for military wives to ease the stress of their husbands’ deployment. As part of its commitment, Babies“R”Us is co-hosting several baby shower events for families from all military branches nationwide and providing Babies“R”Us gift cards so moms-to-be will be able to shop for items they need most. Additionally, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., donated $100,000 to Operation Shower so they can purchase gifts for these moms, as well as to help host festive occasions to celebrate their new arrivals.
To raise awareness and engage customers in helping military moms, Babies“R”Us also launched an online fundraising campaign utilizing its best-in-class registry. Expectant parents can use their Babies“R”Us Registry to ask friends and family to make a donation to Operation Shower. Customers can also donate to military moms-to-be by purchasing items directly from the official Operation Shower baby registry. For more information, please visit Babiesrus.com/OperationShower.
- Our Military Kids: The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has also lent its support to Our Military Kids, an organization that provides grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants help pay for participation in activities, including sports, fine arts, camps and tutoring programs. Along with each grant, the company will provide recipient children with a Toys“R”Us gift card, so they may purchase supplies to support their chosen activity. Through this partnership, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has provided Our Military Kids with a $40,000 grant that will help enrich the lives of military children across the country.
To find out more about the company’s commitment to supporting military families, visit Toysrusinc.com/about-us/military-support.
*Certain restrictions and exclusions apply. See an associate for details.
About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 875 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 640 international stores and over 150 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.
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