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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 has sent out approximately 3,188 Toy Boxes in the last twelve months. 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
Like many charities, KidsOut is facing unprecedented challenges with the spread of COVID 19. KidsOut has been forced to cancel or postpone all its fundraising events over the next three months resulting in a loss of over £400,000. This has jeopardized the day-to-day running of our organisation. With events making up over 50% of KidsOut’s … Continue reading KidsIn Initiative
KidsOut Volunteers Help Prepare 1,915 Toy Boxes!
Over four weeks between January and February, KidsOut teamed up with many generous volunteers to audit and pack 1,915 Toy Boxes! The team would like to extend their gratitude to all those volunteers for their dedication and support! The months of November to January are some of the busiest of the year for KidsOut, with the team … Continue reading KidsOut Volunteers Help Prepare 1,915 Toy Boxes!
Toy Fair 2020 brings over 4,000 toys for KidsOut!
Click here for the Toy Fair 2020 gallery! KidsOut were delighted to have been selected as the London Toy Fair‘s official charity partner in January 2020 for the fifth consecutive year! The three-day event was a great success, with KidsOut having its own stand to promote the charity’s vital work, and the annual “Trolley Dash” collecting over 4,000 … Continue reading Toy Fair 2020 brings over 4,000 toys for KidsOut!
Ways you can help
Any gift, small or large, can help us make a difference to vulnerable children.