Children's World Showers Local Charities With Attention & Toys
Donations from Safari Ltd., Glide Bikes and Infinitoy Bring Publicity
Thanks to the largess of specialty toy manufacturers Safari Ltd., Infinitoy and Glide Bikes, who sponsored a giveaway contest run by TDmonthly Magazine, Tim & Cynthia Holliday of Children's World and Uniform in Sarasota, Florida, were once again able to give their local children's charities the double gift of donated toys and much-needed free publicity. TDmonthly named Children's World as one of the winning specialty toy stores based on the Hollidays' commitment to charitable giving and events throughout the store's history, plus Tim's outstanding ability to get the attention of his local media, which he proved in 2012 in another TDmonthly giveaway event.
Tim, who titles himself MASI (Master of Advertising Specialty Information) once again shone a spotlight on the charities and sponsors in several local media outlets. In addition, he created his own publicity via the store's Facebook page and by building an impressive in-store display.
In July, YourObserver.com announced that Tim's store was a winner of the TDmonthly Giveaway contest, plus was sponsoring his own contest for a customer to win a prize package and the right to name his or her own favorite children's charity to receive the donated toys. Biz 941followed up with a report on the winner of Tim and Cynthia's contest: Marjorie Berry, who named as her charity Suncoast Charities for Children, which serves local children with special needs. The charity in turn donated some toys to a partner, Children First, whose mission is to safeguard the rights of children, as well as provide tutoring, mentoring and comfort to children in need. The Sarasota Herald Tribune covered the Children's World giveaway both in print and online and included a color photo of Tim, Lucy Nicandri from Suncoast Charities for Children; Saran DeVaughn from Children First; and Kim Lant representing Marjorie Berry.
Tim and Cynthia donated the Glide Bikes – balance bikes that balance at a lower speed and have more adjustable components than similar products – to Manasota B.U.D.S. (Bringing Up Down Syndrome). In addition, Children's World reached into its own inventory and donated playsets, fort builders, crayons and markers to Easter Seals.
The good works even attracted the attention of Tim's local TV station. They came to the store to film the donated toys and publicize the charities: watch video
"At Children's World, we love to support our community, and by partnering with TDmonthly, we have been able to do so much more than we would have on our own,'' concluded Tim. ''The two programs we participated in gave us great toys to give away, and a great story to give the media, which was good for us, as well as the charities that we partnered with."
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