SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN) – To celebrate Giving Tuesday, Amazon announced it is once again offering customers the chance to use their voice to donate a toy to a child in need this holiday season via Alexa and Toys for Tots. Customers can simply say, “Alexa, donate to Toys for Tots,” and Alexa will present a reasonably priced item appropriate for kids across a broad range of ages from the Toys for Tots Charity List. After the customer confirms their order, Amazon ships it directly to Toys for Tots. Customers will be able to donate throughout the holiday season until December 31, 2019, and Amazon will match donations toy for toy. For more information, please visit amazon.com/toysfortotsdonate.
This season, Toys for Tots curated a Charity List featuring items such as Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit, 5 Second Rule Junior, Spot It! and more. Once a customer confirms their donation, Alexa can provide tracking and delivery updates to let them know that their donation arrived.
“Last year, thousands of children received a toy thanks to the generosity of our customers,” said Chuck Moore, VP of Alexa. “With Alexa, customers can donate to a child in need in less than 60 seconds. They don’t have to stop what they are doing to shop or donate, leaving more time for family and friends during the busy holiday season.”
In 2018, Amazon customers donated thousands of toys to children in need via Alexa. This year, customers who use Alexa to donate to Toys for Tots will be in good company as Robert Downey Jr., star of Universal Pictures’ new adventure film, “Dolittle,” (in theaters January 17, 2020), will help Amazon kick off the season of giving with a new “Dolittle” TV spot. Additionally, customers donating with Alexa will receive a special thank-you message from Downey Jr.’s “Dolittle” costar Craig Robinson, after their donation is confirmed.
“We are delighted to once again join with Amazon to create an easy way for people to give back and send holiday cheer to children in difficult circumstances,” said Pete Osman, President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “Your donations send a message of support to these families. We are extremely grateful to Amazon for leveraging the Alexa technology to make it easier for anyone to contribute to our cause and make an impact in children’s lives this holiday season.”
More ways to deliver smiles to those in need this holiday season:
- Alexa Donations: Customers who wish to make a monetary donation to the charity of their choice outside of Toys for Tots are still able to do so. Simply say, “Alexa, I want to make a donation” to get started.
- Charity Lists: Charity Lists give charitable organizations an easy way to create wish lists of products needed, while providing a convenient way for customers to donate these essential items directly to the causes. Customers are able to contribute items that are truly critical, to charities they care about, no matter how big or small. Customers can shop thousands of Charity Lists by visiting smile.amazon.com/charitylists, with new charities joining all the time.
- AmazonSmile: To jump right into holiday shopping and support your favorite charitable organization at the same time, simply visit smile.amazon.com. By starting with smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same Amazon experience, with the added bonus that we’ll donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to a charity of your choice.
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About Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots, a 71-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Toys for Tots Program collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children in 800 communities nationwide, allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas and receive a message of hope that otherwise would not have been there. Since 1947 over 258 million children have been assisted. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey) hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young Queen Victoria falls ill, Dolittle, joined by his animal friends, is forced to set sail on an epic adventure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.