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The Story Behind the “Banana Box Toy Project”
The Spirit of Christmas is an established charity who have run family orientated Christmas events since 2008. The charity started its venture with the aim to bring some Christmas joy and community spirit to all families in Selby & Doncaster, at a stressful and financially difficult time of year for many.
By 2020, Spirit of Christmas had catered for around 5000 children and their families at Christmas, providing a visit to Santa, gift, snack, fun, games & more. However, in the last 3 years we have been asked to provide toys to families who were struggling to make ends meet at other times of year. Believing that all children should have toys and books available, toys were boxed up and then delivered to the families concerned.
Banana boxes were readily available from the local supermarkets and from this the term “Banana Box Toys” came into being.
In early 2020 our trustees approved the launch of the Banana Box Toy Project. Originally the plan was to provide toys to victims from of domestic violence from over 500 centres across the UK. However a report from The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health estimated that 4 million children are living in poverty which equates to 30% of all children. Just think that 3 children out of 10 in the Selby area may be living in poverty.
The charity thus expanded the project to make toys available to the “3 children out of 10” in Selby who may be living in poverty.
We cannot thank everyone in the community enough for supporting our charitable aims. You are the unsung heroes behind everything we do, and we couldn't do it without you.
In order to help us expand this project, we welcome donations of good quality toys, games and books. Pre-loved items are welcome but we ask that they are complete and in reasonable conditions.
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