Toy Box

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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 toyboxes@kidsout.org.uk 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.'
    Chloe*, aged 15
  • '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.'
    Rachel*, mother of two
  • '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.'
    Sharida*, mother of three
  • 'The kids feel less lonely in their new house with toys.'
    Joy*, mother of two

News & Views

BTHA announces KidsOut as official Toy Fair 2020 charity

The British Toy and Hobby Association has announced today, 5th November 2019, that Toy Fair 2020’s official charity partner will be the children’s charity, KidsOut. KidsOut works with Women’s Aid Federation refuges across the UK. The charity provides support, organises positive experiences, and gives toys to vulnerable children who have escaped domestic abuse. For the … Continue reading BTHA announces KidsOut as official Toy Fair 2020 charity

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More KidsOut Toy Boxes for Safe Houses

KidsOut delivered 890 Toy Boxes to safe houses and outreach over July 2019. With more strains upon the refuge system, many children and their mothers are being relocated to safe houses or outreach and not benefitting from KidsOut’s services. Women’s Aid reports that on an average day in 2017, 94 women and 90 children were turned … Continue reading More KidsOut Toy Boxes for Safe Houses

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1,200 Toy Boxes packed and donated by Hasbro!

KidsOut were thrilled to receive an amazing donation of 1,200 boxes of toys from Hasbro for the charity’s Toy Box service. With an average of 10 toys per box, around 12,000 toys were packed and donated in total! On Wednesday 31st July KidsOut’s Chief Ambassador Julian Margolin travelled to Newport in Wales to visit the distribution centre … Continue reading 1,200 Toy Boxes packed and donated by Hasbro!

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