UPS, Safe America and Good360 Donate $400,000 in Toys to Puerto Rico Children!
First Lady Beatriz Rosselló Gets Her Wish:to Help 15,000 Children Across Puerto Rico
(Atlanta, GA) – The Safe America Foundation is partnering with The UPS Foundation and Good360 to provide 15,000 toys for children in Puerto Rico during the ‘3 Kings’ Sunday January 6.
The project – part of the BE Safe America campaign – is in response to a request from Puerto Rico’s First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, who wants to give children dolls, board games and baseballs in areas still impacted by last fall’s Hurricane Maria.
“While Puerto Rico is making a comeback, there’s still a lack of disposable income for buying children’s presents,” noted Safe America President & CEO Len Pagano. “Thanks to the non-profit Good360 and its partnership with Mattel and ASTRA, we’ll be making 15,000 kids happier on 3 Kings Sunday.” (also known as Epiphany)
Safe America CEO Len Pagano met with First Lady Rosselló at La Fortaleza in San Juan to plan 3 Kings giving Sunday.
In addition to thanking Good360, Safe America noted that the Mattel Company was a major factor in making this holiday campaign possible.
Pagano noted that additional toys and items such as books that will help youth be bi-lingual by practicing English are also being shipped to Puerto Rico. An additional 5,000 gifts – including sporting goods, board games and basketballs – are also being donated by the American Specialty Toy Retail Association.
UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Director Joe Ruiz added that this collaboration is a continuation of The UPS Foundation’s on-going commitment to responding to long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017. UPS strives to assist communities struck by disaster to become more resilient. In 2017, UPS responded to 26 major world disasters and crises delivering essential relief supplies to 61 countries including more than 130 hurricane relief shipments to Puerto Rico.
“We’re pleased that we could respond to the Safe America request so quickly – and engage Mattel and ASTRA,” said Good360 CEO Howard Sherman. “We look forward to helping engage more of our partners beyond this Holiday Season and do other things that could be just as meaaningful to families in Puerto Rico.”
Leading the distribution effort will be the Governor and First Lady of Puerto Rico, Ricardo and Beatriz Rosselló, whose genuine hope is to make the 3 Kings Sunday special for thousands of families. The eight cities where the toys will be distributed are Yabucoa, Cidra, Castaner-Lares, Moca, Yauco, San Juan, Vieques, and Culebra.
Organizations or individuals interested in making donations to extend the initial gifts can contact Len Pagano at (770)-509-7958.