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Started in 2008, Toy Box delivers a box of brand new toys and games to children who have been rehoused due to domestic violence.
Each year as many as 20,000 children flee domestic abuse to seek sanctuary in refuge. Typically leaving home with only the clothes on their back, these children have experienced physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse and arrive at refuge with nothing. Having escaped the abuse for the safety of a refuge for anywhere between 6-12 months, roughly 8,000 of these children and their mothers are then relocated to a new home to start again.
Moving into a new community can be particularly tough for children, especially when they have already left their school, friends and possessions behind. With the mothers’ attention and resources typically focused on acquiring basic necessities for the new home, purchasing toys and going on Fun Days out are often way down the list. To ease the anxiety of moving, KidsOut sends each child their very own box of toys, welcoming them to their new lives.
Each toy box is both age and gender appropriate, filled with a family game, jigsaw puzzle, craft activity, action figure/doll, books and a cuddly toy. Receiving the toy box can help children regain a sense of normality, make the world seem a little kinder, and give them a reason to invite other children over to play.
Through the vital support of our partner FedEx and in working with as many as 330 refuges across the UK, in 2015 KidsOut sent out nearly 1,500 toy boxes. If you would like to donate to Toy Box, get your company involved in our Giving Tree appeal or for larger donations contact us directly at email@example.com or call 01525 385 252.
We receive feedback constantly from mothers and refuge workers about the benefit of Toy Box and how it impacts the children. Read our case studies and Latest News to learn more about why we are so committed to making kids happy! *Note: Names and pictures are changed to protect identities.
- 'I knew then that we hadn’t been forgotten about, people actually cared about me and other children scarred by domestic violence.'
- 'Lovely new toys. The box will give hours of fun for the children and good family games. It will replace the toys they don't have.'
- 'My children had left home to go to refuge and had virtually nothing - [Toy Box] changed that. It has helped them have a sense of having their own things again.'
- 'The kids feel less lonely in their new house with toys.'
News & Views
Toy Box packing at Forticrete!
As an ongoing project, the KidsOut team have been packing Toy Boxes at Forticrete for the KidsOut Toy Box service. This involves providing a box of brand new toys for each child who has left refuge and has now moved on to a new home. Most children have left their toys and belongings behind due … Continue reading Toy Box packing at Forticrete!
KidsOut Sweep ‘The Entertainer’
On Monday 12th September 2016, KidsOut were invited to partake in a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ style trolley dash at The Entertainer Toy Shop in Aylesbury. Having being selected as Dream Toys UK’s nominated charity, this opportunity enabled KidsOut to choose toys off the shelves of the store, with a total budget of £1,000. This equalled a … Continue reading KidsOut Sweep ‘The Entertainer’
Anyone for tea?
KidsOut were invited to global toy and games company Hasbro Gaming in Stockley Park today, having a fun-filled afternoon tea party AND game-a-thon with 50 children from refuges and hospices in the area. There was plenty to do with facepainting, 12 top games stations including Pie Face, Guess Who, Nerf Challange, Twister and Hungry Hippos and Disney … Continue reading Anyone for tea?
Ways you can help
Any gift, small or large, can help us make a difference to vulnerable children.