FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 02, 2018
EASTERSEALS NEVADA ACQUIRES TOYS 4 SMILES TO BENEFIT PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
Celebrated local non-profit becomes permanent program at Easterseals Nevada
LAS VEGAS – In an effort to expand its reach and create occupational opportunities for adults with disabilities, Easterseals Nevada has acquired Toys 4 Smiles, a local non-profit organization dedicated to creating toys from scrap materials for children in need. A staple in the valley for more than a decade, Toys 4 Smiles will continue operating as a permanent program within the Easterseals Nevada organization.
Created in 2005, Toys 4 Smiles began as a community-based campaign by founder Rex Doty to manufacture wooden toy cars for underprivileged children in the Las Vegas valley. Each toy starts as a simple block of donated scrap hardwood and ends as a polished wooden car, created entirely by retired volunteers. Since its inception, the non-profit has donated over 300,000 cars to first responders and philanthropic organizations such as Safe Nest, The Shade Tree, Opportunity Village and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.
“We have long admired Toys 4 Smiles’ mission to bring quality toys to children who need it most,” said Brian Patchett, president and CEO of Easterseals Nevada. “By bringing them into the Easterseals family we are able to both ensure longevity for their mission and extend additional services to bring smiles to those in need.”
With this acquisition, Toys 4 Smiles cars will also be used to assist in developmental therapy for children with disabilities and will enhance services at Easterseals new Children’s Therapy and Autism Clinic. Additionally, instead of relying only on volunteer woodworkers, Easterseals will expand the program to create occupational opportunities for veterans and adults with disabilities who have completed its Community Training Services program, providing adults with disabilities the opportunity to earn a paycheck. In an effort to create a seamless transition, Toys 4 Smiles president and founder Rex Doty and board members Donovan Thiesssen and Jay Young have joined the Easterseals Nevada Board of Directors to spearhead the expansion efforts for the program.
The Toys 4 Smiles workshop is currently located at 4315 Dean Martin drive. For more information, please visit EastersealsNevada.org or call (702) 870-7050.
About Easterseals Nevada
Since 1950, Easterseals Nevada has been advocating for, and working with, infants, children, youth and adults who have disabilities and other challenges. We work to address our community’s social service gaps, and to leverage partnerships and other strategic opportunities to increase participation in economic and civic life for all people. Easter Seals Nevada is one of Nevada’s largest community disability agencies serving more than 9,000 people with disabilities and their families each year. To keep up with Easter Seals Nevada’s news and events, follow us on Twitter @EasterSealsNV and like us on Facebook or visit our website at www.eastersealsnevada.org.
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