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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 4,000 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, KidsOut sends out approximately 1,500 Toy Boxes each year. 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
Toy Box packing a huge success!
In the last few months KidsOut have been concentrating on our Toy Box service, whereby the charity send a box of brand new toys to every child that is relocated from refuge, and rehomed in a new area, left to start again. From the charity’s perspective, this has involved auditing, sorting and packing thousands of … Continue reading Toy Box packing a huge success!
1200 Toy Boxes from Hasbro!
Hasbro, one of KidsOut’s key supporters, have once again not only donated toys but packed them into Toy Boxes too! Through the Toy Box service, KidsOut send a box of brand new toys to every child when relocated from refuge. This is often a frightening, lonely time for the child, when they are once again … Continue reading 1200 Toy Boxes from Hasbro!
They’re Not Just Volunteers; They’re M&S Volunteers
From the 13th to 17th March 2017, 70 volunteers from Marks & Spencer have kindly provided us with their support in toy auditing and packing Toy Boxes for the children we support. As well as from their London head office, volunteers also traveled from the local three counties stores including St Albans, Bedford, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and many … Continue reading They’re Not Just Volunteers; They’re M&S Volunteers
Ways you can help
Any gift, small or large, can help us make a difference to vulnerable children.