NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Toy Foundation (TTF), the charitable organization for the North American toy industry, and Children's Hospital Association, which represents over 200 children's hospitals in the nation, announced the Children's Hospital Play Grants program will fund more than $385,000 in play therapy projects and activities at 19 children's hospitals in the United States. The projects selected are designed to improve pediatric care through the healing power of play at hospitals that serve communities of the greatest need. For the second year, TTF is partnering with Children's Hospital Association to carry out the program.
A hospital stay can be an unbearable time for a child and their family. Incorporating play therapy into daily care can relieve stress, positively impact the child's wellbeing, and measurably improve treatment outcomes. The inaugural program in 2021 impacted 175,000 children; in 2022/2023, TTF expects to support an additional 185,000 pediatric patients through play.
"The extraordinary physical, emotional, and educational benefits of play are well documented," said Pamela Mastrota, executive director of The Toy Foundation. "We are delighted to help these amazing hospitals deliver the power of play to the children and families they serve every day."
Play projects and activities are in-kind services a hospital provides for the benefit of the child and their family. As pediatric emergency department visits continue to rise from the growing mental health crisis, as well as viral infections, chronic medical problems, and injury, hospitals are more reliant than ever on grant funding to offer impactful programming, such as Children's Hospital Play Grants.
"Congratulations to the children's hospital recipients of this year's TTF's Children's Hospital Play Grants," said Amy Wimpey Knight, president of Children's Hospital Association. "We are grateful and delighted The Toy Foundation recognizes the importance of play to children's health – emotionally and physically. Play is necessary therapy for children and families as they navigate health challenges, and we are proud to partner to recognize children's hospitals efforts in caring for the whole child."
The play grants to 19 children's hospitals will fulfill a variety of needs that may have otherwise not been met for a diverse pediatric patient population. Projects include VR technology to create customized and adaptive activities and experiences for patients at Elizabeth Seton Children's Center in New York; inclusive dance play-therapy available for all patients at Norton Children's Hospital in Kentucky; sensory safe spaces and toys for emergency department and inpatient children at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in California; and more.
Recipients of TTF's Children's Hospital Play Grants 2022/2023 program include:
For more information about The Toy Foundation's Children's Hospital Play Grants program, visit ToyFoundation.org.
The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501 (c)3 children's charity whose mission is to provide philanthropic support and the vital commodity of play to children and families in need, across the country and globe. TTF's donations represent the charitable works of TTF and the toy industry. Last year, TTF provided $360K in cash grants to nearly 4 million children severely impacted by the pandemic. Since its inception in 2003, TTF's signature Toy Bank has provided $225 million in toys to more than 26 million underserved children coping with serious illness, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, living with domestic violence, and/or dealing with natural disasters. TTF is also broadening its mission to provide grant funding to children's hospitals to encourage healing through play and to foster a diverse and inclusive culture and pipeline of talent for the toy industry.
The Children's Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 200 children's hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost, and delivery of care. For more information visit childrenshospitals.org.