As the leading toy and baby retailers in Canada, Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us Canada are committed to giving back to our communities. Children are central to who we are and what we do, so it will come as no surprise that kids are the focus of our charity work.
We focus our efforts on helping children when they need us most, supporting children with special needs, keeping kids safe, and offering support to seriously ill or disabled children and their families.
We've very proud to say that our Employees and Customers currently raise over $2.5 million every year for charities that help kids.
AUTISM SPEAKS CANADA
Autism Speaks Canada's mission is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. They are dedicated to funding global research; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Autism Speaks Canada aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to the concerns of children and families who live with autism and to take action to address this urgent global health crisis.
How we help
Toys"R"Us Canada became a proud National sponsor of Autism Speaks Canada. Toys"R"Us U.S. is a long time sponsor of Autism Speaks U.S. and with Toys"R"Us Canada can now make a difference right across North America.
Each March and April we run a support campaign where we sell Autism Speaks puzzle pieces in our stores and online.
We are a National sponsor for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program.
We provide French translation services to Autism Speaks Canada.
Our President, Kevin Macnab, is a member of the Autism Speaks Canada Board of Directors.
Since our partnership with Autism Speaks launched in 2007, Toys"R"Us, Inc. and customers contributions have combined to provide Autism Speaks with more than $10 million across North America.
Today, 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls.
Toys"R"Us is a proud National Sponsor of the Canadian Walks for Autism Speaks.
Toys"R"Us teams will be walking in the following events to raise awareness and funds to support Autism Speaks.
Stade Uniprix, Montreal, QC (TBC)
Waterloo Park, Waterloo, ON
Victoria Park, London, ON
Kiwanis Memorial Park, Saskatoon, SK (TBC)
Nathan, Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
Rundle Park, Edmonton, AB
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
Canadian Walk events begin in May and run through September.
Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us Employees participate in these events by forming walk teams in their local communities, hosting interactive tented areas that feature the "Ten Toys That Speak To Autism" and raising even more funds for Autism Speaks Canada.
Toys"R"Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe makes special appearances at all Walks, encouraging participants to help solve the autism puzzle.
STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION CANADA
Starlight Children's Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families. Working with more than 800 hospitals worldwide, the Foundation provides an impressive menu of both in-hospital and outpatient programs and services. A leader in delivering distractive entertainment therapies, worldwide over 85,000 children benefit from Starlight's programs each month and over 12,000 in Canada alone.
How we help
Each year in November and December our Employees and Customers raise funds through the sale and purchase of Starlight Stars in Stores and online.
We are a proud Diamond sponsor of the annual Starlight Foundation Gala which raises more than $600,000 annually.
Toys"R"Us hosts a charity Golf Tournament for our Vendors and Employees every year to raise funds for Starlight's kids.
Toys"R"Us also supports "hospital happenings" and sponsors a series of initiatives for parents and families.
41,660 Starlight Fun Kits were sent to children in healthcare facilities across Canada.
59 new Starlight Fun Centers were distributed to hospitals throughout Canada. With each gaming system being played over 5,000 times a year, it means children in healthcare facilities across Canada used our Fun Centers over 1.2 million times.
Starlight children and their families enjoy Starlight Escapes, Starlight Day Brighteners and Starlight Wish Adventures – over 9,000 seriously ill children and family’s lives have been positively impacted.
Since our partnership began, Toys"R"Us Canada has donated more than $10. million to the Starlight Children's Foundation.