KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska Plays a Part in Toy Industry Foundation's Toys Across America

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Nationwide Toy Giveaway Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the Toy Bank

“Because of the generosity of the toy industry and TIF, we have been able to provide toys to children . . . who may not always have access to the things that many of us take for granted," said Jodie Austin, KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska President.

Today, more than 500 children from KVC Behavioral HealthCare helped to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Toy Bank by participating in Toys Across America, a simultaneous distribution of toys and games to kids in need in all 50 states.

The Toy Bank is a signature program of the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), the philanthropic organization representing the entire North American toy industry. More than 10 million deserving children in the U.S. and around the world have received toys from The Toy Bank since it was formed a decade ago … that’s millions of smiles on the faces of millions of kids!

Working together with TIF and Kids in Distressed Situations, the Toy Bank’s distribution partner, KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska and local charities across the country joined together for the 10th anniversary celebration and toy distribution.

"The Toy Industry Foundation’s year-round mission is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to play," said Jean Butler, executive director of the TIF. "But what’s so incredible – so inspiring – about Toys Across America is that it has provided us with a unique occasion to give the empowering gift of play to thousands of children on a single day."

"KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska is thrilled to be part of the Toy Bank’s celebration,” Jodie Austin, KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska President. “Because of the generosity of the toy industry and TIF, we have been able to provide toys to children in our community who may not always have access to the things that many of us take for granted."

The Toy Bank relies upon the generosity of the toy companies that have donated more than 10 million toys worth more than $80 million during the past decade, and the network of charities that get toys directly into the hands of children who truly need them.

To learn more about The Toy Bank, Toys Across America, or the other programs of the Toy Industry Foundation, to register a local charity for a future Toy Bank donation, or to help give the gift of play to a child in need, please visit ToyIndustryFoundation.org.

About KVC Behavioral HealthCare (http://www.kvc.org)

KVC is a non-profit organization providing foster care and in home services to children in families across Nebraska. KVC is the largest foster care agency in Nebraska and is honored to serve more then 600 children and youth in foster care and provide in home services to over 50 families at any given time. KVC is committed to providing quality care and services to children and families in need and is always looking for individuals and families interested in providing foster care services. Please contact a recruiter today at 402-578-3173.

About Toy Industry Foundation (http://www.toyindustryfoundation.org)

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring joy, comfort, and learning to children in need through toys and play. While other organizations provide food, shelter and support services to children and their families, TIF sees to it that these children have toys and opportunities to play in an attempt to restore both fun and a sense of normalcy to their lives. The Foundation currently fulfills its mission through core programs including The Toy Bank™. The first industry-wide program of its kind, The Toy Bank receives donations of newly manufactured toys from companies in the toy industry and distributes them through local charities to underserved, at-risk and homeless children throughout the United States and around the world.

About Kids in Distressed Situations (http://www.kidsdonations.org)

Kids in Distressed Situations was founded in 1985 with the mission of providing new kid-essentials to children and teens who have been impacted by poverty and tragedy. Since its inception, K.I.D.S has provided over 1 billion dollars to help nearly 70 million children. With a network of over 1,000 local partner agencies located in all 50 states and an overhead of less than 3%, K.I.D.S. is able to effectively and efficiently deliver products directly to children when and where they need it.

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