Toys for Kids supports homeless and disadvantaged children throughout the year, filling their hearts with hope and joy.
Founded by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former Mariners center fielder Dave Henderson, over 90% of all donations directly benefit children. Over the last 22 years, Toys for Kids has raised over $1 million dollars, purchased brand new toys for over 200,000 children in Washington State and have hosted over 60 holiday parties to benefit children in need. More than 10,000 toys are given on a yearly basis.
GIVING MORE HOPE
That first year, Rick and Dave saw how 300 toys barely scratched the surface. The number of kids in need was staggering. The solution was simple – they needed more toys.
As generous as “the guys” were, doing more also required passing the hat to those outside the clubhouse. Rick and Dave started a small auction, hosting it at Safeco Field and selling autographed memorabilia. The results were promising, but Rick and Dave still wanted to reach more kids.
Virgil Fassio, Commissioner of the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, contacted Rick and Dave in 1999. He and the RBI Club wanted to help. Rick and Dave could not have been more pleased. An excellent partnership was born.
Since then, the Toys For Kids fundraising efforts have grown substantially. More than 10,000 toys are given on a yearly basis.
OVER 90% OF ALL DONATIONS DIRECTLY BENEFIT CHILDREN.
In our first 20 years we raised over $2.5 million, purchased more than 100,000 toys and helped host more than 100 holiday parties.