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October 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 10
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FINAL GIVEAWAY CONTEST FOR 2012!

Make the Holidays Spectacular for Your Local Kids in Need!


TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce the FINAL leg in its "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway promotion! This time, retailers will compete for the chance to give away toys just in time for the holidays! Schoenhut Piano Company has already pledged 100 instruments — it's the third time they've done a TDmonthly charity giveaway promotion! Douglas Cuddle Toys will donate 60 cuddly plush products! And Moonjar just signed up to give away 48 of their new International Money Box, plus 96 of Conversations To Go - The Game That Has Everyone Talking TRAVEL! More manufacturers are sure to join. We are hoping this will be the biggest giveaway yet.
Click here to see a heartwarming video on this year's first giveaway



"Our contribution of 100 toy pianos in TDmonthly's Charitable Kid Contest targeting children in need was such a heart-warming experience that we are overjoyed to participate again," Trinca shared with TDmonthly. This current giveaway promotion is the second her company has participated in this year. For the Holiday giveaway, Schoenhut will donate a variety of musical instruments in addition to pianos.

Past donors to TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" included Safari, Ltd.; Hape International; Schoenhut Piano Company; and Magic Forest Ltd. in the Spring and Crossen Creations, FindIt Games, b. dazzle inc., PlayMais Canada Inc., Amazing Science!, Moving Picture Books, Education Outdoors, We R Fun Games, Uncle Skunkle and The Spelling Bee Game in the fall. (Read article here)

Each of those 14 manufacturers donated at least 100 toys! That's 1,325 specialty toys worth $35,000 up that went to or are still being distributed to children's charities and schools across the nation!

Winning retailers — Kazoo Toys, Jake's Toy Box, Doll House & Toy Store, KidStop, Fairhaven Toy Garden, and Toy House and Baby Too — were able to translate their giveaway sessions into events that publicized their stores to their customers and their local communities.

One winning retailer, Sari Powazek of Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Ariz., said that the charities she chose were overwhelmed with specialty manufacturers' generosity, "It really hit them," Sari told TDmonthly. "I don't think they expected it. They were absolutely thrilled."

For this last giveaway, winning retailers will be announced in the November issue of TDmonthly.com. Toys will start arriving in the beginning of December — just in time to help you promote your holiday events and sales!

This contest is open to all specialty toy retailers — including those who have won before.

To enter, please send to alison@toydirectory.com the following info:

YOUR NAME:
STORE NAME:
YEAR FOUNDED:
HOW MANY EVENTS YOU HOLD PER YEAR:
HOW MANY EVENTS ARE COVERED BY YOUR LOCAL MEDIA:
WHAT CHARITIES AND SCHOOLS DO YOU CURRENTLY WORK WITH?
WHY DO YOU WANT TO GIVE TOYS FROM SPECIALTY MANUFACTURERS TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND CHARITIES?
IF YOU SHOULD WIN, WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR PROMOTING THIS EVENT TO YOUR CUSTOMERS AND LOCAL PRESS?


If you win, you will be responsible for:
1. Promoting the contest to your local media
2. Finding suitable charities to accept the donations
3. Taking photos of kids accepting the toys
4. Getting signed release forms from kids' parents
5. Holding at least one in-store giveaway for your customers so they can have a chance to win the toy package, too
6. Making sure your charities provide donating manufacturers with a Thank You letter and 501C3 paperwork.

GOOD LUCK!




Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Musical Toys
Music



Schoenhut's miniature version of a baby grand piano is designed to encourage a child to play and develop a love of music. Elegant in appearance with graceful spindle legs, yet extremely durable and sturdy, it makes a beautiful addition to any home. Lovely chime-like tones are produced by small hammers striking metal rods, the sound that makes Schoenhut toy pianos unique. The two-and one-half-octave span of full-width keys provides a good foundation for the transition to a larger model. Includes: Schoenhut's Learning System and bench.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34016      (added 3/29/2012)
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MSRP: $28.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Gifts



In celebration of our tenth anniversary, Moonjar has created a brand new Moneybox with a global twist. Each metallic section is wrapped in the words, "Save, Spend and Share" in languages from around the world. The boxes are gold, silver and copper colors to appeal to the tween set as well as their parents.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35214      (added 10/5/2012)
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Little rock star swill take center stage playing Schoenhut's “next generation” guitar. Schoenhut's innovative design incorporating a molded composite body with dual curves greatly enhances sound and durability. The birch soundboard which offers excellent tone and resonance, hardwood neck (for rigidity), and molded composite fretboard ensure proper height and spacing of the frets. Six steel strings permit a wide range of rich sounds. Available in several vibrant designs. Includes: Pick and Extra String.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33480      (added 1/19/2012)
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MSRP: $12.95
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Gifts
General Games
Family Games



This "to-go" box is one of our Conversation to Go options – there are three total. This box is filled with 100 unique conversation starters about Vacation and travel. It’s not about where you have been, it’s about where you are going with this conversation game. It will bring you to places you never dreamed of.
 
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7947      (added 5/23/2006)
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Twinkle Tunes features a 1-octave (8-note) keyboard that electronically produces lovely piano sounds, enhanced with a beautifully illustrated interchangeable songbook containing a collection of 12 familiar tunes. This instrument, designed for the child who has no previous piano study, is paired with Schoenhut’s patented Tri-Play Learning System. Easily portable for young children, this unique toy provides hours of musical fun. Battery included. Additional books sold separately.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33481      (added 1/19/2012)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Musical Toys
Music



Schoenhut's Thumb Pianos are sure to be a hit with the young set. These percussion instruments, also known as Marimbas, emit warm, resonant tones by striking the ends of the tines with your thumbs. Simple tunes are easily tapped out, with unlimited possibilities for creating complex melodies. The new design incorporates a durable molded composite back, resulting in enhanced sound and durability. Easily portable and fun to play, a Schoenhut Thumb Piano is the perfect choice for encouraging children to enjoy music. Available in several vibrant designs.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33478      (added 1/19/2012)
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