Rotary Christmas Toy Box Initiative 2023

Rotary Christmas Toy Box Initiative 2023

The Rotary Christmas Toy Box Initiative will provide children who have fled domestic violence and are living in refuge with a brand new box of toys.

What is the initiative?

Christmas is always tough for families in refuge, with this year set to be harder than usual. Most children arrive at refuge with only the clothes on their back, restricted to a single room with their mother and siblings. Mothers struggle to provide basic essentials, let alone toys for their children at Christmas.

The Rotary Christmas Toy Boxes will provide children in refuge with brand-new toys to support mental health and make the world a little kinder. Each box will contain over £80 worth of gender/age appropriate toys designed to promote social and educational development and family bonding.

“Refuge life can be difficult, especially for families, and the added pressure for parents to ensure their children have presents to open on Christmas morning causes a lot of stress and upset for our mums – especially if finances are tight. However, your toys mean we can provide our amazing families with the opportunity to have a lovely Christmas Day… please know your toys will be put towards making a child smile this Christmas.” – Refuge support worker

How can my club get involved?

Every £25 donated by your club will provide a child in a refuge in your local area with a Rotary Christmas Toy Box this year. KidsOut works with every Women’s Aid Federation refuge in the UK, and will match up your donations with refuges in your area.

KidsOut will then do the rest! According to age & gender, we will individually fill each Rotary Christmas Toy Box ready to be delivered direct to refuges in December. Each ‘box’ will have the message ‘A Special ROTARY Christmas Toy Box from your local Rotary Club’, meaning the families receiving them will know who has donated the toys.

With your help, we can deliver a brand new box of toys to every refuge, every child across the UK!

Where do I sign up?

Registering to take part in this initiative is simple! All you need to do is fill out the form below and send your donation directly to KidsOut. You can do this via cheque or BACS. More information about this can be found in the form.

In case of any queries, please contact the Rotary GB&I KidsOut Coordinator, Steve Cartwright on [email protected] or KidsOut’s Head of Children’s Services, Sandra Doherty on [email protected].

Please note: at the bottom of this form you MUST tick the reCAPTCHA button which says ‘I’m not a robot‘, otherwise your form will not submit.

You will receive a confirmation email of your sign up, so please check your inbox and junk/spam folder in case your email receipt goes there

Send your donation/sponsorship money direct to KidsOut

After you fill out this form, please remember to send your donation/sponsorship money direct to KidsOut.

Donations can be paid to KidsOut by:

  1. BACS Payment: KIDS OUT UK; Metro Bank; Account Number – 24488047; Sort Code – 23 05 80.
    NOTE: If you choose to make donation via BACs payment, you MUST enter a personalised BACs payment reference in the box below. This only allows for a maximum of 12 characters including spaces. This will allow KidsOut to identify Clubs by their BACS payment.
  2. CHEQUES made payable to KIDS OUT UK and sent to: KidsOut, 14 Church Square, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1AE. Complete on the reverse with the following details:
    FULL Club Name PLUS Club email contact address

Please check all the information you have entered above carefully.