When Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) teased fans on social media that the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS “were a part of something very cool at CBS today… stand by,” fans would never have guessed that she and her co-stars were being honored with an award!
The NAACP and National Action Network presented Y&R with an award in recognition of the soap’s 50th anniversary as well as their contributions to the community. It was presented by Reverend Fred Shaw from the NAACP and Reverend Jonathan Moseley and Reverend Oliver Buie from the National Action Network.
“So so so honored to be acknowledged along with the amazing people of Y&R by NAACP and National Action Network for our continued efforts to help the community,” Stafford declared. “Thank you for this honor.”
The actress led the charge to gather her castmates together to purchase toys to be delivered to kids in the community back during the height of the pandemic, an event that has now become an annual tradition. Y&R stars come together to spend the afternoon shopping and then delivering the toys to the Salvation Army for help in distributing them to deserving families.
“During 2020, I (along with my co-workers) set up a toy drive for kids who would have otherwise not had a Christmas,” Stafford explained. “Folks were suffering. Shoot… they’re still suffering. Everybody on my show was so generous, not only monetarily but with their time. I’m truly so happy to be a part of this group of folks who care so much! Y&R’s connection with these two amazing civil rights groups — the biggest in the nation — will just continue to grow and grow! Thank you for the honor.”
Please join us in congratulating Stafford and her generous Y&R co-stars on this very special honor.