The TOY PARTY: Celebrating 20 Years of Putting Smiles on Children’s Faces

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The annual Toy Party fundraiser, orchestrated by the philanthropic powerhouse For The Kid In All Of Us, has become synonymous with holiday cheer, compassion, and unwavering dedication to a noble cause. This year marks a significant milestone as the organization joyously celebrates its 20th anniversary, two decades of unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of children.

Since its inception in 2003, For The Kid In All Of Us has remained steadfast in its mission to provide joy, comfort, and a sense of normalcy to children facing adversity. By collecting toys and raising funds to purchase toys, For The Kid has distributed thousands and thousands of toys to children all over Atlanta. As the city prepares for another magical evening of giving, let’s delve into the impressive numbers and facts that underscore the profound success and enduring spirit of this remarkable nonprofit. From the amount raised to the countless smiles ignited, the Toy Party stands as a testament to the community’s collective ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most.

In 2003, a close circle of friends spearheaded by City Councilman Alex Wan set out to make a meaningful difference in our community by forming For the Kid in All of Us (FTK).

FTK’s efforts led to the production of the Annual Toy Party, a holiday toy drive benefiting children throughout Metro Atlanta.

Currently, FTK is benefiting more than 20 regional beneficiaries.

The Toy Party draws in over 1,000 guests per year.

Over 20 years, FTK has collected and distributed more than 72,000 toys.

For the Kid in All of Us collaborates closely with numerous agencies and organizations with significant community impact.

This year, the toy goal is 8,000 – one of the most ambitious ever.

Over the years, the Toy Party has had several homes, including the Atlanta Train Depot, Atlanta Apparel Mart, Opera and Wimbish Mansion, and for the past three years, the Biltmore Ballrooms.

More than 300 people have served on the board over the past 20 years.

More than 300 people have served on the board over the past 20 years.

The highest-earning single item at the Toy Party Silent Auction was a travel package, including first-class tickets and accommodations to San Miguel. It sold for $10,500.

The board of For The Kid is made up of community members that collectively make the fundraisers Backpack in the Park and Toy Party happen. There are currently 17 board members in total.

Thank you to the Atlanta community for your support, so we can continue to brighten the lives of Metro Atlanta’s kids in need.

There are still a few tickets left if you want to attend the Toy Party – get your tickets here.

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