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A ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the opening of "The Power to Play" at the Museum of Tolerance.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the opening of "The Power to Play" at the Museum of Tolerance.

By Cynthia Price,
Director of Communications

Shauntay Hinton helps a girl with a toy at the opening of "The Power to Play" in Los Angeles.

Shauntay Hinton helps a girl with a toy at the opening of "The Power to Play" in Los Angeles.

ChildFund International opened its exhibit of toys “The Power to Play – from Trash to Treasure” at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Sunday. ChildFund President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard and former sponsored child Shauntay Hinton spoke at the standing-room only event.

Children learned first hand how to make hand made toys using some of the same materials that children in ChildFund programs use to make toys.

Shauntay, a former Miss USA and now a host on the Fine Living Channel, spoke about how ChildFund allowed her to gain confidence. Anne spoke about the resiliency of children.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. If you live in the L.A. area or will be visiting the area before the end of the year, please stop by the Museum of Tolerance to visit “The Power to Play.”

Related Posts:
* From Mississippi to L.A.: Former Miss USA Tells Her ChildFund Story
* The Power to Play opens in Washington, D.C.
* Toys, Toys and More Toys!

The Toys Head West

By David Hylton,
Public Relations Specialist

From Richmond to Boston to Washington, D.C., our traveling toy exhibit – “The Power to Play – from Trash to Treasure” – has been seen by thousands of people on the East Coast. Now it’s time to move west.

These toys from "The Power to Play - from Trash to Treasure" were on display in August at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. They are now headed to Los Angeles.

These toys from "The Power to Play - from Trash to Treasure" were on display in August at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. They are now headed to Los Angeles.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 13, West Coast residents and visitors to Los Angeles will get to see our display of hand-crafted toys at the Museum of Tolerance. The exhibit will remain there through the end of the year.

The toys were made by children around the world in the countries in which ChildFund International works. Toys range from soccer balls made out of rubber bands and trash bags to dolls made out of banana bark to boats made out of old flip-flops.

ChildFund International President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard and MOT Director
Liebe Geft will launch the toy exhibit with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13. They will be joined by Shauntay Hinton, former Miss USA and ChildFund International sponsored child, who will share her inspiring journey.

“We are sharing this toy collection as a visible demonstration of how the power to play helps children thrive and become leaders of enduring change in their communities and the world,” Anne says.

On opening day, the museum will hold workshops for children to create toys made from recycled materials donated by a local “green” toy company.

So if you’ll be in the area that day or anytime through Dec. 31, check out the Museum of Tolerance at 9786 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.

What to know more about the toys?
* ChildFund.org
* Our latest news release
* “The Power to Play” Opens in Washington, D.C.
* Toys Head to the National Press Club
* Toys, Toys and More Toys!
* RANDOM ACTS (Washington Times)
* Helen Thomas attends ChildFund toy exhibit (UPI)
* YouTube
* Facebook

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