The TOMY Group is working diligently to become friends with children around the world in a bid to fulfill its sustainability vision. With this in mind, we engage in social contribution activities primarily at bases located in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Japan. Established by TOMY International and Fat Brain Toys (both companies drive the Group’s overseas business), the DEI Committee to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Committee has identified philanthropy & sponsorship and are engaged in social contribution activities as TOMY COMMUNITY and TEAM JACK FOUNDATION.
In this instance, we would like to share with you specific details of the kind of its activities undertaken together with what we are doing on the ground.
What is TOMY COMMUNITY?
TOMY COMMUNITY is an employee-led initiative that aims to support a variety of charitable organizations. Around 20-40 people from TOMY International’s each office in the U.S., the U.K., gather for each activity. While certain activities are conducted on a nationwide basis, others target the local community of an individual base. Through TOMY COMMUNITY, employees working toward the same goal are developing close-knit ties across team boundaries while engaging in local volunteer activities. It is our pleasure at TOMY COMMUNITY to bring smiles to people’s faces not only through our products, but also through social contribution activities.
Day of Service
The U.S. team focuses on 1-2 core learnings each month, with major philanthropic efforts occurring around the U.S. Holiday known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day*, otherwise known as a “Day of Service” in January. Most U.S. schools are off for the day, and everyone is encouraged to volunteer or give back to their communities. Each of our U.S. offices identified local charities to work with for our Day of Service.*Around the time of his birthday, the third Monday in January is designated a holiday in the US to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his work in the American civil rights movement.
The US team has worked with the following 5 organizations:
Habitat for Humanity
Team members cleaned out a house that was flooded so that repairs could be made for a new family to move in.
Room to Grow
Team members checked donations for quality and cleanliness and sorted them into categories (clothes, toys, bedding, etc.) to help disadvantaged children and their families and they also unloaded donations that TOMY employees personally donated.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Team members made blankets for children that may not have a warm bed to sleep in every night. The organization donates beds and blankets to those in need.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Team members prepared lunch and dinner for residents of the house - typically families whose children are being treated at the local hospital. The team prepared the meals, served them, made snacks, and also cleaned up.
Cradles to Crayons
Team members sorted and organized clothing donations for helping disadvantaged children and their families.
In addition to the Day of Service, the US team also engages in activities with different themes set for each month. For example, June is PRIDE Month to support the LGBTQ+ community, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As well as participating in local walks and runs, steps were taken to host “Pink Out Days” as a means to raise money for breast cancer. There are several other in-office activities that take place on a monthly basis as well, typically with some type of educational element to them. For instance, February is Black History Month – some offices are attending documentary screenings, while others are hosting trivia sessions to help educate employees on Black History.
The Youth Project is a location in Sidmouth, Devon where young people can meet to play, to chat and to also get support from various support workers who are trained in helping children, often from difficult backgrounds. They offer multiple activities from craft, to sport but all under the guidance of volunteers and aid support workers.
16 members of the UK team took part over the 2 days. The team cleaned and prepared the inside of the building. They worked on the kitchen area, the toilets and the social spaces, cleaning walls, rubbing down old paint and generally clearing the areas. The team then painted the interior walls, giving the area a clean bright look and feel.
The Youth Project team that run the project were very welcoming and very grateful for our time and support, commenting that the refresh was a great boost for the centre.
We had worked with the Food Bank in the same area in January of 2022 for our “day of service” activity and we also supported the children in the locality with Christmas gifts that some of the team wrapped and then delivered. We were approached by the Lead Youth Worker to ask if we would be able to help again but this time on the youth centre side.
What kind of organization is
TEAM JACK FOUNDATION
which Fat Brain Toys has
Fat Brain Toys
TEAM JACK FOUNDATION
TEAM JACK FOUNDATION was established to help children diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors and their families. In addition to supporting research through funds aimed at uncovering treatments for the disease, the Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness.
Fat Brain Toys supports the Foundation through employee volunteer activities and donations. At an event held in February each year, roughly 30 to 40 volunteers assist in set-up, registration, and silent auction activities as well as post-clean-up endeavors. Different activities are planned each year. There is a radiothon, a few road races and a wine event that we have helped with in the past. Many of these events happen on an annual basis but hoping to host an event in Omaha sometime this summer!
Fat Brain Toys will continue to support the Foundation in its mission to provide smarter ways to play and to bring out children’s innate abilities in verbal skills, visual acuity, sensory discernment and nurturing, and creativity.
Here is TOMY Group
As social contribution activities, we work closely with the local communities in each of
our offices, as well as conducting an online program for elementary school students
nationwide to think about the SDGs through TOMY's initiatives.
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In this instance, we provide details of certain volunteer activities, donations, and other social contribution activities that the TOMY Group is engaged in at its bases around the world. These activities not only bring smiles to the faces of those in need, but also give us many opportunities to smile ourselves. Moving forward, we will continue to engage in activities that help make friends with as many children around the world as possible.