PRESTON ROTARY AND KIDSOUT BRING CHRISTMAS JOY TO DEVON REFUGES
Preston Rotary Club teamed up with national children’s Charity KidsOut to provide Christmas presents to children, living in refuges across South Devon, who were given a box of brand-new toys and games to enjoy at Christmas.
This is always a tough time for families living in a refuge, and 2020 was harder than usual due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most children arriving at a Refuge have only the clothes on their back, and are restricted to a single room with their mother and siblings. Mothers struggle to provide basic essentials, yet alone any toys for their children at Christmas.
“We felt this was an excellent cause to support as part of a nationwide campaign to provide a Rotary Christmas Toy Box to ‘Every Refuge, Every Child’ said Keith Wilby, Chairman of the Youth Community
Thanks to support from other nearby Rotary Clubs, we funded 32 boxes of brand-new toys to help support children’s mental health and make the world seem a little kinder to them. Each contained over £80 worth of gender/age appropriate toys designed to promote social and educational development and family bonding. The boxes were packed by KidsOut and distributed straight to the refuge so mothers could give them to their children for Christmas.
“We were excited to team up with the Rotary Club of Preston (Torbay) in our new Rotary Christmas Toy Box initiative,” said Sandra Doherty, Head of Children’s Services at KidsOut. “The children we support often have very few possessions of their own and these toys will provide comfort, happiness, and Christmas joy in difficult times.”
The Rotary Christmas Toy Box project took place with Rotary Clubs all over the UK with the aim that every child in every refuge received a box of toys for Christmas.
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