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National Head Start Association Participates in TODAY’s Holiday Toy Drive

December 2, 2016

National Head Start Association facilitates delivery of over 3,900 toys to the School District of Philadelphia

(Washington, DC) – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is honored to be one of the participating charities of the Today Show’s 23rd Annual Holiday Toy and Gift Drive. Between November 28th and December 2nd, NHSA will facilitate the donation of approximately 3,900 toys to the School District of Philadelphia. The toys will include a variety of Aquabeads items and Calico Critters donated by International Playthings.

“Since its inception in 1994, the Today Show’s Annual Toy Drive has helped over 3 million vulnerable children,” said Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of National Head Start Association. “The National Head Start Association is proud to be a part of this incredible and heartwarming annual act of kindness.”

"We are grateful for the National Head Start Association helping to make this generous toy donation possible," said Diane Castelbuono, Deputy Chief of Early Childhood Education, The School District of Philadelphia. "This exciting gift will really go a long way in brightening our students' spirits this holiday season."


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The National Head Start Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life.  The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Visit and follow @NatlHeadStart for more information.

The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth largest school district in the nation, by enrollment. Located in a historic and culturally rich setting, the District is a racially and ethnically diverse community committed to education. Our vision for all students, a great school, close to where they live.