5 February 2014

Hasbro Employees Volunteer with SOS During Global Day of Joy

2/5/2014: SOS Children’s Villages is honored to have played a part in Hasbro, Inc.’s first annual Global Day of Joy on December 6, 2013.  One of our close corporate partners, Hasbro and its employees around the world participated in service projects in their local communities to help spread joy to thousands of underserved children in 35 countries. “Team Hasbro” volunteers in Austria, Greece, Korea, Russia, and Peru volunteered at their local SOS Villages.

“Hasbro’s commitment to helping children where we live and work began with our founders more than 90 years ago and continued with our Global Day of Joy,” said Brian Goldner, president and CEO, Hasbro, Inc. “With the help of our many charitable partners, this initiative provided our talented team of employees with a glimpse into the incredible impact that can be made for children in need across the globe when we work together.”

Hasbro employees spent the day volunteering at the different SOS Children’s Villages, hosting special game day events and delivering toys and games to the children living in the villages.

In Callao, Peru, employees  worked to design and create the Ludoteca Hasbro (Hasbro Toy Library). This vibrant new playspace gives children in the village access to a variety of different Hasbro toys and games such as Monopoly, Play-Doh and Twister. The children played games with the Hasbro volunteers and even got a surprise visit from a life-size Mr. Potato-Head. At the end of the day, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to open the Ludoteca, and the Hasbro team also presented SOS Peru with a $5,000 check. The children were then invited to come see the new Toy Library and play with the new toys and games.

“We were very happy to see many of our offices choose to visit their local SOS Children’s Village and experience the impact being made for the children there. Despite this being one of the busiest times of the year for so many in our company, the response from our employees has been overwhelmingly positive,” added Karen Davis, Hasbro’s vice president of community relations. “This speaks not only to Hasbro’s general culture of service, but also the passion each of our employees has for creating positive change and bringing joy to children.”

Hasbro has supported a variety of SOS Children’s Villages programs around the world since 2009, including the construction of emergency shelters after the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and Child-Friendly Spaces after Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last year. In addition, The Hasbro Children’s Fund currently provides a grant that supports Children’s Villages in Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Romania, and Russia.