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Christmas Toy Appeal

Elf opening a CaringKids donation box

The lead up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year at CaringKids with many workplaces, schools, sports clubs and supporters hosting toy appeals. There are so many fun and creative ways to collect toys and raise funds to help us bring joy to young carers all year round.

If you are planning to host a Christmas toy appeal with friends, colleagues or through a school, get in touch as we’d love to help.

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Who We Are

1 in 10 children in Australia have taken on caring for a family member with a disability. These adult responsibilities mean they often miss out on many of the joys of childhood that most kids take for granted.

CaringKids is a registered charity that recognises the role of these young carers and works to reduce their feelings of loneliness and social isolation, by sending them Toy Boxes, we like to call them Joy Boxes, packed with toys, games and books.

We are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers. CaringKids is supported by community fundraising, local grants and in-kind donations, such as toy storage and equipment.

Individuals, community and corporate groups collect and donate new toys, games, stationery, art and craft materials and sports equipment on our behalf. We use these to create the Toy Boxes that we deliver to young carers across Australia.

Support Our Cause

CaringKids helps children burdened with adult responsibilities. These young carers take on tasks such as housework, shopping, cooking, dealing with health professionals and even taking on financial matters.

In order to look after a family member, young carers put caring before study, school and play time. They often have to cope with the financial hardship that goes hand in hand with the cost of caring for a family member living with a disability.

There are over 235,000 children and teenagers in Australia caring for a disabled or chronically ill family member. On average they spend 6 hours a week on caring duties.

Because of their caring commitments, 22% of young carers miss a day of school per week. As a result they are around 1.5 years behind in NAPLAN.

Give to connect Joy Boxes to  young carers. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

CaringKids Toy Boxes

We help to bring joy to children caring for a family member living with a disability by delivering Toy Boxes to young carers. Our Joy Boxes are packed with toys, games and books that not only bring joy, but also allow children to learn and grow.

Just a few dollars can help put a smile on a child’s face.

If you would like young carers to experience the fun and carefree moments that we associate with childhood,  a tax-deductible donation of $75 will deliver a Toy Box to a child caring for a family member.

Our Toy Boxes are delivered to the doorstep of young carers across Australia.

August 16 at 11:34am
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Dusty and his 4 other siblings have been missing his younger brother Bodhi and his mum since January as they have been 300klms away in Melbourne.

Bodhi had to have a bone marrow… See more

Dusty and his 4 other siblings have been missing his younger brother Bodhi and his mum since January as they have been 300klms away in Melbourne.

Bodhi had to have a bone marrow transplant and mum has been looking after him at the hospital and now Ronald McDonald House.

Dad has been looking after the other 4 kids and times have been tough.

Dusty was most delighted today to receive the toy box (it was like Xmas to him).

He was immediately occupied making slime and the back pack and pencils were next in line as the favourites.

He also shared a number of the gifts with his siblings.

Many thanks to CaringKids for making Dusty’s day.

Tim
(Dusty’s dad)

August 15 at 4:29pm
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🌈 Get Ready Penrith 🌈 CaringKids will be hosting a stall raising funds for young carers!

🛍 Shop the largest selection of pre loved boys and girls clothing, toys, books,… See more

🌈 Get Ready Penrith 🌈 CaringKids will be hosting a stall raising funds for young carers!

🛍 Shop the largest selection of pre loved boys and girls clothing, toys, books, shoes, puzzles, games and nursery items and browse local business stalls showcasing gorgeous handmade items and local services!
PLUS the kids can come dressed as their favourite superhero for their chance to WIN $100 in prizes 🦸‍♀️🦸‍♂️

📆 Sunday 21 August
⏰ 9am – 12noon
📍 Penrith Valley Regional Sports Stadium, Herbert St, Cambridge Park
🎫 Shopper entry $4, kids FREE
👫 Baby/Kids Pre Loved and Business Stalls
💵 Most stalls are cash only, some will have contactless payment options

For more details about My Kids Market NSW head to the event page >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/5152240228132837

Who are you bringing along? Tag them below so they don’t miss it 👇

August 11
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Are you the mystery toy donor?

Our toy donation bin is located at Community Bank Clovelly and together with the help of Nicola Powell at Clovelly Bank, we have filled countless… See more

Are you the mystery toy donor?

Our toy donation bin is located at Community Bank Clovelly and together with the help of Nicola Powell at Clovelly Bank, we have filled countless Joy Boxes for young carers.

If you would like to bring joy to young carers – you can find our toy and gift donation guidance here:

https://caringkids.org.au/toy-donations/

Thank you for these beautiful donations!

We love to include something special for children to cuddle in every Joy Box.

#gratefulheart #kindness #spreadthejoy

August 11
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Can you help us?

Be quick! Voting closes tomorrow!

🗳 Vote for Sabine Sabek – Third Sector News Finalist Volunteer of the Year Award 🥇See more

Can you help us?

Be quick! Voting closes tomorrow!

🗳 Vote for Sabine Sabek – Third Sector News Finalist Volunteer of the Year Award 🥇

https://thirdsectorawards.com.au/project/2022-volunteer-of-the-year/

Sabine began making a difference to the lives of young carers joining CaringKids in 2015 as volunteer Board Director and General Manager, overseeing Human Resources and Fundraising.

In addition to supporting vast amounts of administration work, Sabine volunteers at the CaringKids Toy Workshop creating Joy Boxes for young carers, oversees grant applications, and sells toys to raise funds at weekend markets.

Sabine championed and rescued more than 8,000 pre-loved toys from landfill, re-selling or redistributing these as part of her passion for recycling and reducing waste. Sabine has supported CaringKids to distribute over 16,000 toys to young carers ✨

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We’re thrilled the Officeworks Make A Difference Appeal has raised an incredible $84,480 for us! Thanks to customers, more than $1 million was raised to support 14 organisations… See more
We’re thrilled the Officeworks Make A Difference Appeal has raised an incredible $84,480 for us! Thanks to customers, more than $1 million was raised to support 14 organisations across the country.

Funds raised via the Appeal will bring joy to young carers across Australia. We know life’s not always easy for children caring for a family member living with a disability or chronic illness. We believe every child deserves the fun and carefree moments that we associate with childhood.

Our young carer Joy Boxes are packed with toys, games, art and craft materials, puzzles, school stationery items and sports equipment.

Funds raised will deliver 1,126 Joy Boxes to the doorstep of young carers across Australia!

We travelled to 10 Officeworks stores meeting the dedicated staff and managers, and the National Customer Service Centre team, who donated toys and funds to support CaringKids. We also were fortunate to host Officeworks staff at our Toy Workshop, working together to create Joy Boxes.

The energy and generosity of the Officeworks staff throughout the campaign was phenomenal. The impact of their combined efforts will make a difference and help change the lives of children across Australia.

We were invited to enjoy a celebration at Taren Point Officeworks with all the staff. To our surprise, 14 stores also donated countless Joy Boxes filled with toys and gifts for young carers!

We enjoyed every minute working with the Officeworks team and being part of the 2022 Make A Difference Appeal. When you #givealittle you can #changealot.

#MakeADifference2022

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Find a My Kids Market NSW location near you to shop for quality kids items ar great prices.

If you have kids items you would like to sell, you can host a private or business… See more

Find a My Kids Market NSW location near you to shop for quality kids items ar great prices.

If you have kids items you would like to sell, you can host a private or business stall too.

CaringKids will be at the Penrith market on August 21 hosting a stall selling items to raise funds to fill our Joy Boxes!

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CaringKids

Caring Kids Incorporated
ABN 82 206 098 661

If you have questions about our Toy Boxes or would like more information about CaringKids, fill in the Contact Us form and we will get in touch with you soon. We welcome Toy Box feedback from children and families, share your feedback here.

Phone/Email Us

Phone: (02) 9247 7990
Email: info@caringkids.org.au

Opening Hours

Hours: By appointment
Closed School Holidays

Toy Workshop

CaringKids Toy Workshop
13-15 Baker Street
Banksmeadow NSW 2019

Postal Address

CaringKids
PO Box 91
Edgecliff NSW 2027