Toys“R”Us® annual fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation raised more than $5 million and collected 175,000 toys

Toy Retailer, With Support from its Loyal Customers, Collects Thousands of Toys and More Than $5 Million, Giving the Gift of Play to Millions of Children on Christmas Morning

WAYNE, NJ, 2018-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (January 17, 2018), Toys“R”Us® announced its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation raised more than $5 million and collected approximately 175,000 toys. The in-store and online fundraiser took place October through December 2017, ensuring some of the 15 million children in-need around the country were met with a visit from Santa this past holiday season. New this year, Toys“R”Us donated $1 to Toys for Tots for every customer that took advantage of the company’s Price Match Promise, resulting in more than half a million dollars contributed towards the campaign.

Over the course of the last 14 years, Toys“R”Us has been championing play alongside the 70-year veteran organization, raising more than $58 million and collecting over 4.5 million toys.

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Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is proud to support organizations that focus on improving their communities, particularly in areas of education, play, children’s health and welfare and disaster relief. Via its charitable arm, The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us has contributed more than $230 million to nonprofit partners who strive to keep children safe and help them in times of need.



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Dollar General continues its partnerships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Thanks and Giving® campaign and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General plans to celebrate this holiday season through its mission of Serving Others. In that spirit, the company is continuing its longstanding partnerships with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Thanks and Giving® campaign, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and other local toy drives to help support the communities across the 44 states it calls home.

To provide further aid and assistance for these organizations’ efforts, Dollar General also plans to make a $100,000 donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and a $75,000 donation to the Thanks and Giving® campaign, as well as collect customers’ donations in stores to support these campaigns.

Dollar General customers may donate $1 or more at check-out to benefit the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign from Friday, November 17 until Friday, December 15. Dollar General is proud to provide support for the twelfth consecutive year to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the global leader in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other deadly diseases. Since 2006, Dollar General and its customers have provided more than $17.4 million to the Thanks and Giving® campaign.

Also beginning Friday, November 17, Dollar General will aim to make the holidays brighter for children by collecting toys and holiday items through a toy drive partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and local toy drives. Customers may drop off donations through Friday, December 8 at their local Dollar General store.

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Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, visit

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Toys“R”Us® launches its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Shaquille O’Neal, Affectionately Known as Shaq-A-Claus, Enlists Customers to Support Toys for Tots and #PlayItForward

Wayne, NJ, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 6, customers can spread holiday joy to some of the 15.5 million U.S. children living in poverty by donating new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country and online at The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve.

NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Shaquille O’Neal once again joins the company’s campaign as his alter ego Shaq-A-Claus, to encourage shoppers to donate to Toys for Tots. Throughout the campaign, Shaquille will also invite social media users to #PlayItForward, an initiative designed to further spread awareness of the millions of children living in poverty and to inspire families to donate to the cause.

“Making wishes come true around the holidays is especially important to me, as I know how much one toy and one act of kindness can matter. When I was a kid, I was given my very own Dr. J autographed basketball, inspiring me to believe I could grow up to be a basketball star,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “For years, I would shop for presents at Toys“R”Us and distribute them to underprivileged children on Christmas morning. Now, in partnership with Toys“R”Us and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, I’m making it my mission as Shaq-A-Claus to give back and spread holiday cheer to the millions of needy kids in the U.S. I encourage everyone to join me this year and remember – every toy counts!”

#PlayItForward with Shaq-A-Claus and #GivingTuesday
Throughout the 10-week holiday giving campaign, fans and followers of Toys“R”Us on social media will enjoy exclusive content, including special messages from Shaq-A-Claus, fundraising updates and more. To motivate his own followers to #PlayItForward, Shaquille will also tweet and Instagram (@SHAQ), as well as post on Facebook at

And, Shaquille will make it even easier for Twitter followers to give the gift of play to kids in need this holiday season with a special tweet on #GivingTuesday. For every retweet of Shaquille’s #PlayItForward tweet on December 1, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund will donate one toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, up to $125,000 worth of toys.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation once again to provide toys to children who might otherwise go without one this holiday season,” said David Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We are honored to have Shaquille O’Neal back in his Santa suit, helping us #PlayItForward, and value his ongoing commitment to join us in spreading the joy of Christmas to kids in need around the country. Together, we’re enlisting the help of our team members and customers to donate more toys and dollars than ever before.”

The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List Makes Gifting Easy
Customers looking to #PlayItForward while shopping with Toys“R”Us, can view The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List, the official Toys for Tots gift registry filled with toy suggestions, such as crafts, play sets, electronics, plush and more. Parents and gift-givers can view The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List on the company’s dedicated hub at, where visitors can buy toys online and ship them directly to Toys for Tots. Additionally, the list can be printed in-store at designated Wish List kiosks or at the Customer Service Desk, providing shoppers a reference as they search for a toy to donate. All toys collected in-store are distributed to children in need within the particular community they are donated, making this a truly local program.

“For more than a decade, the support from Toys“R”Us has delivered happiness on Christmas mornings to the millions of U.S. children living in poverty,” said LtGen Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “We are incredibly thankful to the company for joining us in our mission, and we urge Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us customers to help Shaq-A-Claus deliver a record-breaking year of fundraising. Each donation allows even more children to experience the magic of finding a gift under the tree.”

As the largest retail partner in the history of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Toys“R”Us has raised nearly $42 million and collected more than 4 million toys since the partnership began in 2004.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
The 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. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

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Toys“R”Us® launches its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys“R”Us® launches its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation