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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Mothers’ feedback to Toy Box
In honour of International Women’s Day, KidsOut would like to recognise all of the mothers we work with who have fled domestic violence and are doing their best to look out for their children.
Success at Toy Fair 2016
On the 26th of January, over 60 volunteers joined KidsOut staff at the British Toy and Hobby Association’s Toy Fair 2016 for its famed Trolley Dash 2016.
The FedEx hero behind Toy Box
A Technical Support Administrator for FedEx Express Europe during the day, Nathan Thorogood is a part-time hero for KidsOut.
Ways you can help
Any gift, small or large, can help us make a difference to vulnerable children.