Cra-Z-Art Teams Up With Charitable Causes For The Holidays
December 5, 2018

Toy donations will go to organizations that directly help kids.

RANDOLPH, N.J., Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cra-Z-Art, a prime manufacturer and leader in trendy toy, activity, art and school supply products, has teamed up with a number of prominent charitable organizations, including Toys for Tots, The Toy Foundation and Filling in the Blanks (FIB), to donate toys to children in need during the holiday season.

Cra-Z-Art will donate approximately $10,000 worth of merchandise this season including Shimmer ‘n Sparkle craft and activity sets, art kits, Magtastix magnetic construction kits, and their popular Nickelodeon branded slime kits. All of these items allow kids to be creative and explore a fun world of imaginative play while also encouraging STEM learning. The items will go to children in the New York City, Philadelphia and Boston areas.

Toy for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserve, which collects and distributes toys to children whose families cannot afford to purchase such items for the holidays. The Toy Foundation provides joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play. Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekend.

“Cra-Z-Art is very proud to have partnered with great organizations like Toys for Tots, The Toy Foundation and Filling in the Blanks to help kids in need and make this holiday season a little brighter.  We’re extremely happy to be in a position to help out,” said Cra-Z-Art Chairman, Lawrence Rosen. “Hopefully, our donation of toys and art supplies will spread good cheer among these children who are less fortunate.”

The donations are scheduled to be delivered over the next couple of weeks.


CRA-Z-ART, based in Randolph, NJ, offers original, creative, exciting and trendy activity, toy, art and school supply products. The CRA-Z-ART management team has over 120 years of experience in creating, manufacturing and marketing stationery and activities products. At CRA-Z-ART we clearly understand the needs of the retailer and the desires of our consumers. We make it a point daily to be….Always creative!  To learn more, please visit

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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