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Friday, January 30, 2009

Trade Shows Galore

2009 is off to a great start and KidKraft is eagerly participating in trade shows across the country and around the globe in cities including Dallas, Atlanta, DC, New York, London, Hong Kong and Nuremberg. The KidKraft sales team reported an enthusiastic response to products previewed at the shows and said it was great to reconnect with retailers and colleagues in the children's toy industry. "January and February give us a glimpse into toy trends and where the market is headed for the year. We always enjoy catching up with our retailers," said a KidKraft sales rep.

"We participated in the Harley Davidson show last week in DC and loved being in the nation's capital city so close to an historical event, the inauguration," said another KidKraft team member. When asked about upcoming European opportunities, Avron the Internet Sales Manager said, "We're especially excited to participate in European trade shows to bring our award-winning product lines to European buyers." Stay tuned for more updates on this season's trade show happenings!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Make a Difference in 15 Minutes

I came across this great article on about donating toys and inspiring children:

"When you donate toys to needy or sick children, you provide inspiration and a glimmer of hope. Without sufficient toys and books, children don't develop necessary motor skills, says the National Institute for Early Education Research. Studies also show that infant toys are critical for brain growth that affects learning later in life. Because play is essential for children to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives, all children need at least simple toys like balls, blocks, costumes and crayons... There are over 29 million needy children in the U.S. who live in low income families, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. These children have little inspiration for the imaginative, fulfilled lives that all children deserve. When you donate a toy to a needy child, you provide a positive outlet for the child's energy and creativity.

To donate a toy to a needy child:

  • Drop off a toy donation at a social service agency or homeless shelter near your home. Check your phone book under "social (or human) service organizations." Or use this link to find a social service agency.
  • Donate toys during the holiday season to the Salvation Army or Toys for Tots.
  • Donate toys online. My Two Front Teeth is a nonprofit organization that provides donated toys to underprivileged children in daycare, preschools and community agencies. Sign up to receive an email notification prior to the next holiday season. Once you browse profiles of the eligible children, choose a child to sponsor, then purchase and donate toys online via My Two Front Teeth.

To donate toys to a sick child:

  • Donate toys, books and games to your local Ronald McDonald House.
  • Donate board games your family no longer uses to a local children's hospital.
  • The Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., keeps "Dr. Bear's Toy Closet" stocked with toys and games for young patients. The medical center provides guidelines and suggestions for toddler and infant toys and games for older children.
If you have children that receive an abundance of gifts at Christmas and birthdays, consider starting a tradition of sharing. Encourage your kids to re-gift one of their many presents to less fortunate children; or at least, ask your children to donate toys they have outgrown, if those toys are in mint condition and still in their original packaging."

Read more here and check out additional ideas & links on making a difference in a child's life today!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!

We wish you peace, health & happiness in 2009!

We hope you'll visit our blog often for KidKraft updates!

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