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Great Plains Food Bank plays a part in Toys Across America

Fargo, N.D. - On Thursday, August 1, dozens of volunteers from the Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Toy Bank by participating in Toys Across America, a simultaneous distribution of toys and games to kids in need in all 50 states.

The Toy Bank is a signature program of the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), the philanthropic organization representing the entire North American toy industry. More than 10 million deserving children in the United States and around the world have received toys from The Toy Bank since it was formed a decade ago - that’s millions of smiles on the faces of millions of kids!

Working together with TIF and Kids in Distressed Situations, the Toy Bank’s distribution partner, Great Plains Food Bank, and local charities across the country joined together for the 10th anniversary celebration and toy distribution.

“The Toy Industry Foundation’s year-round mission is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to play,” said Jean Butler, executive director of TIF. “But what’s so incredible – so inspiring – about Toys Across America is that it has provided us with a unique occasion to give the empowering gift of play to thousands of children on a single day.”

“The Great Plains Food Bank is thrilled to be part of the Toy Bank’s celebration,” said Steve Sellent, program director for the Great Plains Food Bank. “Because of the generosity of the toy industry and TIF, we have been able to provide toys to children across North Dakota who may not always have access to the things that many of us take for granted.”

The Toy Bank relies upon the generosity of the toy companies that have donated more than 10 million toys worth more than $80 million during the past decade, and the network of charities that get toys directly into the hands of children who truly need them.

To learn more about The Toy Bank, Toys Across America, or the other programs of the Toy Industry Foundation, to register a local charity for a future Toy Bank donation, or to help give the gift of play to a child in need, please visit

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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