Nearly 40 percent of our dream recipients have young children at home. Coping with the loss of a parent and the intense emotional, physical and financial strain terminal illness has on a family may well be the most difficult challenge a child can face. Dream Foundation’s Toy Program provides age-appropriate toys for dream recipients to give their children, allowing them to share happiness and smiles when illness has brought so much pain.
They toys arrive in the mail – a surprise – addressed to the dreamer, wrapped in brown paper and decorated with colorful puffy paint. It is truly empowering for a sick parent to offer their children these boxes, and receive the smiles, hugs and squeals of excitement that come with the reveal of what’s inside.
If you would like to help wrap toys in our Santa Barbara office, please call (805) 564-2131 or contact Jackie Wadill.
Hasbro’s Children Fund and Ty Inc. have generously donated all of the toys for our Toy Program through 2011. Thanks to Irma and Morris Jurkowitz, Michael McDonald, Leslie Ridley-Tree, Tom and Sandy Dittmer, and David Johnson, who sponsored the Toy Program in 2010 and 2011.
Our Toy Program Partners
Hasbro has a long and proud tradition of supporting children worldwide through a variety of philanthropic programs. Hasbro believes that every child is born with the sparkle of hope in their eyes and sometimes, because of life’s challenges, that hope has been diminished. Their mission is to assist these children in triumphing over their critical life obstacles and to bring the joy of play into their lives. Through their philanthropic programs they work to bring “the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service” into the lives of the children.
iLoveToCreate®, a Duncan Enterprises Company, is a privately-held, family-owned, Fresno, California based company that has been a leader in the ceramics arts and crafts industries since 1946. As a manufacturing, marketing, sourcing and distribution organization, iLoveToCreate® maintains a solid reputation for excellence in product development, quality, education and health & safety. Not one to rest on its reputation, iLoveToCreate® always strives to explore new avenues of creativity for its core brands, Duncan®, Ceramic Arts, Tulip® Fashion Art, Aleene’s® Crafting Adhesives, Crafty Chica® and ilovetocreate.com®.