the childhood excitement of opening gifts on your birthday and on holidays? With Toys from the Heart, we aim to go beyond just delivering food. At the end of the day, we want to deliver hope and joy.
The aim of Toys from the Heart is to deliver a message of hope and ensuring that the needy children of Singapore are given the opportunity to have the joyful experiences that every child deserves. We distribute pre-loved toys, games, dolls at monthly birthday or holiday parties, events and at the annual Toys Buffet, a carnival filled with fun, games, food and plenty of toys for selection.
Without sufficient toys and books, these children are deprived tools for inspiration and sparking their imaginations. Because play is essential for children to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives, all children need at least simple toys like balls, blocks and crayons. Children in low-income environments are often exposed to multiple risk factors. Toys and games provide a way to meaningfully engage them as well as teach valuable life skills.
Every year, corporations, schools and individuals pitch in by holding toy drives, assisting at special events, and helping with gift preparation and distribution. In 2014, Food from the Heart collected close to 8,000 toys that went to new homes, staying out of landfills and bringing smiles to young faces.
Toys donated by schools and corporations are given to needy pupils in neighbourhood schools during the annual Toys Buffet.
These are the issues that need to be addressed for this programme to grow: