November 22, 2009

Children's Holiday Hope Fund Starts Fifth Season of Giving with New Distribution Partner

Program to provide toys, games, hats and mittens to local children in need

PROVIDENCE , R.I. - Today, the local Children's Holiday Hope Fund begins its fifth holiday-giving campaign and asks the public to make monetary donations toward hats and mittens for Rhode Island children-in-need.

The fund, a collaboration between The Providence Journal Santa Fund and Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc.'s Children's Giving Tree program, provides Hasbro games and toys as well as hats and mittens to local children, ages one through 12 who are under the services of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (RIDHS) and Rhode Island Department of Children Youth & Families (RIDCYF).

"Rhode Island families are faced with many challenges this year, making it very difficult for them this holiday season," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro president and chief executive officer. "Hasbro is proud to continue our alliance with The Providence Journal and help these families bring hope, warmth and joy to their children for the holidays."

Rhode Island Community Action, an organization whose mission includes the elimination of poverty in the state, joins this year's campaign as a distribution partner for participating RIDHS agencies.

The public can make monetary contributions to the Children's Holiday Hope Fund with a check or money order payable to the Children's Holiday Hope Fund. Donations should be sent to The Providence Journal, c/o the Children's Holiday Hope Fund, 75 Fountain Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02902. Donations qualify as contributions to a 501(c)3 organization.

"Despite the tough economic times, Southern New Englanders continue to find ways to contribute to those less fortunate," said Howard G. Sutton, Providence Journal Company publisher, president and CEO. "It is this kind of continued generosity that makes the Holiday Hope Fund so successful."

Throughout the campaign, The Providence Journal will publish contributions in Thursday's newspaper as well as past contributions online at


Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Hasbro's philanthropic efforts reflect this mission by providing gifts of "hope, play, and a helping hand" through the Hasbro Children's Fund and other initiatives aimed to help children worldwide. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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