Toy Boxes for Kids in Refuges

The local Frome Selwood and Frome Town Rotary Clubs have teamed up with children’s charity KidsOut to provide presents to children who are living in refuges who will receive a box of new toys and games at Xmas.

Kids Out poster of Toys
The local Frome Selwood and Frome Town Rotary Clubs have teamed up with national children’s charity KidsOut to provide Christmas presents to survivors of domestic violence. Children who are living in refuges across the whole country will receive a box of brand-new toys and games to enjoy over the upcoming festive period.  So far, the national total of boxes being packed is 4,500 and rising as more funds are donated by Rotarians.
 
Christmas is always tough for families in refuges, with this year set to be harder than usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 local Kids Out day at Longleat had to be cancelled this year due to Covid. Normally over 1,000 children from Frome and the surrounding area are treated to a day out at Longleat Safari Park and attractions.  They are provided with a packed lunch, and entertainers, clowns, etc. are laid on for the day. Some of the money not used this year has been put towards Every Refuge, Every Child project, whilst some has been retained for future Longleat events – hopefully in 2021.  In addition, Rotary Clubs in Frome have made additional donations.
 
As part of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, Frome Town and Frome Selwood Rotary Clubs are part of a nationwide campaign to provide a Rotary Christmas Toy Box to ‘Every Refuge, Every Child’.
 
Thanks to local fundraising efforts, Frome Town & Frome Selwood Rotary Club will be funding boxes of brand-new toys to help support children’s 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. The boxes will be packed by KidsOut and distributed straight to the refuge for mothers to give to their children in time for Christmas.