The HISTORY Channel’s four-part docuseries“The Toys That Built America!”
THE HISTORY® CHANNEL TO UNBOX THE HISTORY BEHIND SOMEOF AMERICA’S MOST BELOVED TOYS AND THE BRILLIANT VISIONARIES WHO BROUGHT THEM TO LIFE IN NEW FOUR-PARTDOCUSERIES “THE TOYS THAT BUILT AMERICA” PREMIERINGSUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 AT 9PM ET/PT
Network Partners With Blue Star Families For “Mission to Honor” Initiative To ProvideToys and Educational Items to Military Families This Holiday Season
The HISTORY® Channel has an ongoing commitment to mobilizing support for veterans and militaryfamilies through the award-winning “Mission To Honor” public outreach campaign.
The initiativeacknowledges the vital contributions of servicemen and women by sharing their stories as well ascollaborates with the nation’s leading veterans’ organizations to bring awareness to military families whogive back to their communities through service. In partnership with Blue Star Families, The HISTORY® Channel is showering veteran and military familieswith toys and educational items during a “Mission To Honor” philanthropic event on Monday, November 22 at the B&O Railroad Museum, the birthplace of American railroading, in Baltimore, MD.
The CSX1776 Pride in Service locomotive and holiday helpers are delivering these gifts in style to military familiesin attendance. The network is also pledging to donate $1 for every post on social media, up to $25,000, toBlue Star Families by encouraging viewers to share a photo, video or nostalgic memory of their favoritechildhood toy using #ToysThatBuiltAmerica and tagging @HISTORY.
Awareness of the “Mission To Honor” initiative is being driven through promotion across the network’slinear, social media and digital platforms. The generous toy and educational supply donations are madepossible by the following brands: deuter, Basic Fun!, Educational Insights, Radio Flyer, Silly Bandz, Funkoand the Sydney Paige Foundation.
The Sydney Paige Foundation is a non-profit based in Californiadedicated to providing children in underserved communities with equal access to the tools and confidenceneeded to learn and thrive in school and in life. To date, Sydney Paige has supplied over 1,000,000 brandnew, high quality backpacks and school supplies to students K-12. Blue Star Families founder and CEOKathy Roth-Douquet: “After coming off a highly successful Welcome Week last month where we createda moment of welcome for those 600,000 military members who move each year, we are continuing toWELCOME military families into their communities through exciting events such as this!”
The November 28 premiere episode of “The Toys That Built America” presents the history behind severaliconic and creative novelty toys like Silly Putty®, Slinky® and Frisbee® with the surprising details behindtheir inception, inspiration and continued relevance. Did you know the idea for Frisbee® started in 1957when former Air Force pilot Fred Morrison and his girlfriend were tossing his mother's pie pan on thebeach? Viewers will hear other surprising facts behind these toys and their creators including Richard andBetty James, Peter Hodgson, Richard Knerr and Arthur Spud Melin.
A nostalgic ride through the decades,additional episodes explore inventors Milton Bradley, the Parker Brothers, Jack Odell, Merrill Hassenfeld,Ruth and Elliot Handler and more.“The Toys That Built America” is produced for The HISTORY® Channel by the Six West Mediagroup™. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Matthew Pearl and Keith McKay serve as executive producers for theSix West Media group™. Jim Pasquarella, Brooke Townsend and Mary E. Donahue serve as executiveproducers for The HISTORY® Channel. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights to “The Toys That Built America.” The series isavailable internationally as “The Toys That Built The World.”
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