CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND MARTIN SHORT LEND SUPPORT TO HELP RAISE $5 MILLION AT 2011 TOYS“R”US CHILDREN’S FUND GALA

CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND MARTIN SHORT LEND SUPPORT TO HELP RAISE $5 MILLION AT 2011 TOYS“R”US CHILDREN’S FUND GALA

WAYNE, NJ (May 20, 2011)– Last night, leaders from the toy and juvenile products industries joined together to celebrate the 2011 Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala in New York City. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., and during this special evening of entertainment and fundraising, $5 million was raised to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The star-studded gathering was hosted by Emmy® and Tony Award®-winning comedian Martin Short and featured a dazzling performance by five-time GRAMMY® award-winner Carrie Underwood.

At the event, attendees were given a special opportunity to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), an organization that funds pediatric cancer research and helps families with some of the costs associated with cancer treatment. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund proudly shined a spotlight on ALSF, which started as a front yard lemonade stand hosted by four-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott and now encourages kids nationwide to work toward Alex’s dream of a cure for all children with cancer – one cup at a time.

“The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala once again gathered members of the toy and juvenile products industries to celebrate how much we all love kids. Building on the Fund’s long tradition of supporting children and keeping them safe, last night’s event demonstrated a shared commitment to helping kids when they need it most,” said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Charitable Giving

Since its inception, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has raised more than $95 million to support organizations and programs that keep children safe and help them in times of need, including those that provide disaster relief to families who are victims of large-scale crises. In addition to the Fund providing millions of dollars in grants each year, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund together build philanthropic partnerships and drive initiatives that positively impact the lives of children. Significant highlights during the past year include:

Helping to Solve the Autism Puzzle

As the largest corporate partner of Autism Speaks, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has provided the organization with more than $12 million since the partnership began in 2007, made possible by the company’s in-store and online fundraising campaigns, donations made by Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, as well as employee participation in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program. Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Fund support families of children with autism by providing them with helpful information such as the “Ten Toys That Speak To Autism.” This special subset of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids strengthens skills, aids in the development of children with autism and offers a list of safe play tips for children on the autism spectrum.

The 2011 North American Autism Speaks campaign, which recently concluded, encouraged supporters to “Be a Hero for Autism,” and raised millions of dollars to help the organization’s efforts to solve the autism puzzle. To kick off the 2011 campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund awarded Autism Speaks a $400,000 grant.

Caring for the Needs of Vulnerable Children

Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund have been longtime supporters of Save the Children, a global humanitarian agency working to create positive change for children in the United States and around the world. In 2010, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund worked with Save the Children to provide aid to victims of devastating events, including the flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake in Haiti. Recently, the Fund donated $1 million to Save the Children to help provide relief to children and families in the wake of the earthquake and devastating tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan. Following the destruction from severe storms and tornados in the Southeast United States, the Fund again provided support to Save the Children to aid in relief and rebuilding efforts.

In 2010, the Bundled in Hope at-register fundraising campaign held in all Toys“R”Us®and Babies“R”Us®stores nationwide raised $1 million to help Save the Children provide blankets for babies living in poverty. The campaign also provided much-needed support to Save the Children’s early childhood programs in the United States. A $250,000 grant from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund assisted this program.

Since 1993, cash and product contributions from Toys“R”Us, Inc., grants from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and both employee and customer donations have provided Save the Children with more than $6 million.

Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) distributes new, donated children’s merchandise to more than 1,000 nonprofit agencies that help children in need. Since 1988, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has given K.I.D.S. approximately $40 million in product donations from its corporate office, distribution centers and stores nationwide. Additionally, the organization has received almost $1 million in grants from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund.

Bringing Holiday Cheer to Children in Need

This past holiday season, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund once again teamed up with four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal to help Toys for Tots bring toys and smiles to America’s neediest children. Through the 2010 “Join Shaq Give Back” in-store and online fundraising campaign, a total of $3.6 million and over 335,000 toys were collected for the organization. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund provided a $250,000 grant to kick off the season. This year’s program also offered the opportunity to support the families of the men and women serving our country. In partnership with Publications International, more than 1,000 Record-A-Story books were sent overseas enabling Marines to read and record a holiday classic and relay a personal message. These books were then distributed to their families allowing them to enjoy the comfort of their loved ones’ voices at holiday time.

As the largest retail partner in the history of Toys for Tots, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has raised more than $23.6 million and collected 3 million toys since the partnership began in 2004. To date, grants totaling more than $1 million have been awarded to the organization from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund.

Helping Grant Wishes of Seriously Ill Children

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps children with life-threatening medical conditions and has enabled nearly 200,000 wishes to come true since its inception in 1980. A visit to Toys“R”Us is a top request for many of these children and, over the course of the last year, Toys“R”Us stores across the country welcomed numerous “wish children” during special shopping trips. Toys“R”Us employees enthusiastically anticipate these visits, which feature Geoffrey® the Giraffe escorting children throughout the store. Since the partnership began in 2009, Toys“R”Us, Inc. donated $100,000 in gift cards and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund awarded $270,000 in grants to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Keeping Kids Safe

In 2010, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund launched two new educational programs to help parents and caregivers keep children safe. In partnership with the Home Safety Council, a new Baby Safety Awareness campaign provided parents with information about potential at-home dangers that could put their young ones at risk of injury. Additionally, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund teamed up with a number of safety organizations to create the Product Safety Vigilance Program, which arms consumers with proactive steps they can take to become advocates for children’s safety. The program includes “Eight Steps to Keep Kids Safe,” a checklist to help parents stay informed about product recalls, and a Product Record List to assist parents in tracking purchases and gifts, available on the company’s dedicated safety site, Toysrus.com/Safety. Knowing there is nothing more important than the safety of kids, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund provided more than $150,000 in grants to various safety organizations in 2010.

Supporting the Special Needs Community

Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund work with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children of all abilities, to create the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Released annually, the Guide provides qualified toy recommendations to help aid in the skill development of children who have physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. In 2010, Holly Robinson Peete, mother of four children, actress, author and philanthropist, graced the cover and lent her support to the Guide.

In addition, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants each year to leading special needs organizations, including the American Society for Deaf Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Down Syndrome Society and Special Olympics, among others.

Celebrating 60 Years of the Original Kids Helping Kids® Program

In 2010, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund partnered with the Original Kids Helping Kids® program, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, for its 60th Anniversary. The company’s in-store and online fundraising campaign raised nearly $425,000 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help children in need across the globe through lifesaving health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and much more. Over 1.5 million Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes were distributed in approximately 1,350 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores, enabling children in America to collect donations during the Halloween season. To kick off the campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund provided the U.S. Fund for UNICEF with a $200,000 grant.

For more information about the company’s philanthropic partnerships and initiatives, please visit Toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving.

About the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund

The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., a company that unabashedly declares “We love kids!” The core mission of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. Since it was founded in 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has contributed millions of dollars to qualified organizations that support that mission, including those providing disaster relief to children and families who are victims of large-scale crises. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund also provides grants to leading organizations that support children with special needs.

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 872 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, and in more than 520 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 33 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, FAO.com and babyuniverse.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 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.

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