The First Responders Children's Foundation "Toy Express"

First Responders Children’s Foundation, in partnership with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor announced the kickoff of the 2021 Toy Express program, which provides children in first responder communities nationwide, with free toys that bring holiday cheer. The program provides a personal way to show gratitude to uniformed heroes and their families - and it has a profound impact on the communities in which they serve. Due to a rise in line of duty deaths (or LODD’s) in 2021, FRCF has expanded its focus on families in communities that have faced significant hardship. Despite being launched amidst a flurry of supply chain issues, this year’s Toy Express is moving full steam ahead as the Foundation and its valued partners SB Projects, CSX, SERVPRO, Mattel, Hess Toy Trucks, Good360, and Toys for Tots all work with Total Quality Logistics (the largest privately held freight brokerage firm in the nation) to ensure free toys get delivered to children across Berrien County during a most challenging holiday delivery season.  
“First Responders and their families have endured significant hardships this year, and the social and emotional impact it’s had on them is immeasurable,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation.  “Keeping that top of mind has strengthened our commitment to delivering toys and joy this Christmas. Any individual or business can join us in that commitment by texting TOY to 24365.” 
Last year, Toy Express impacted 346 cities across America. In total, it reached 102 police departments, fire departments and hospitals. This year its reach will double.  
Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey stated that it’s his pleasure and honor to partner with the First Responders Children’s Foundation to ensure that children in the Benton Harbor Michigan area receive a special gift this Christmas season. Sheriff L. Paul Bailey announces that the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club’s of Benton Harbor and that approximately 60 children associated with the Boys & Girls Club’s of Benton Harbor will receive a special holiday gift on behalf of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office and the First Responders Children’s Foundation. The presentation of the gifts will take place on Thursday December 16, 2021 at 5:30p.m. at the Fettig Youth Campus, located at 600 Nate Wells Drive. Benton Harbor, MI.  
The need this year is significant. Any business or individual can hop on the virtual Toy Express and buy a toy for families - - donations can also be made by texting TOY to 24365. 
First Responders Children’s Foundation established Toy Express with generous toy donations of toys from Mattel and American Girl such as 18” American Girl dolls and Mattel Hot Wheels® and Matchbox® cars and. Additional sponsors include SB Projects, CSX, SERVPRO, Wilbert Funeral Services, Hess Toy Trucks, I Run 4 Movement, Melissa & Doug, LLC, Toys for Tots, Good360, SoundOff Signal, JP Morgan Chase, The Toy Foundation, Jazwares, Creata 
and Total Quality Logistics. In addition, generous individuals across the nation are helping bring holiday cheer to families by making donations of toys and money.   
About First Responders Children's Foundation For 20 years, First Responders Children's Foundation has been providing college scholarships to the children of first responder parents who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports educational activities and programs created by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children's Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established in March 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE, and hotel accommodations to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic.  The Foundation also pays for funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at Follow First Responders Children's Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram @1stRCF