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Officeworks ‘Make a Difference’ Appeal 2022

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We’re thrilled the OfficeworksMake 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.

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

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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 11 at 1:11pm
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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

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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 ✨

August 9 at 1:16pm
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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

August 4 at 8:41am
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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!

July 27 at 8:37am
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Congratulations to Sabine Sabek, volunteer Board Director and General Manager of CaringKids who is a Finalist in the 2022 Third Sector

“Volunteer of the Year” Award

🗳️ Cast… See more

Congratulations to Sabine Sabek, volunteer Board Director and General Manager of CaringKids who is a Finalist in the 2022 Third Sector

“Volunteer of the Year” Award

🗳️ Cast your vote now! https://bit.ly/3z7wrDk Voting ends on the 12 of August.

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

Sabine is also hands-on at our toy workshop, leading our volunteer team, making toy boxes for young carers packed full of toys, games, puzzles, sports equipment and school stationery. She also enjoys volunteering at weekend markets to raise funds to fill young carer Toy Boxes.

Sabine’s dedication to bring joy to the lives of young carers combined with her volunteering efforts has supported CaringKids to distribute over 16,000 toys to children caring for a family member living with a disability across Australia.

We congratulate Sabine on her nomination and being named a Finalist for the Third Sector Volunteer of the Year Award.

Please vote now and share this post 😃

Third Sector News

July 19 at 3:54pm
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Throughout the month of June, the Officeworks Make a Difference Appeal raised funds to provide CaringKids Joy Boxes to young carers across 14 stores and the Officeworks National… See more
Throughout the month of June, the Officeworks Make a Difference Appeal raised funds to provide CaringKids Joy Boxes to young carers across 14 stores and the Officeworks National Call Centre. The Appeal came to an end on 30 June and we look forward to sharing total funds raised by Officworks with you all soon!

The 14 stores supporting CaringKids in June were Albury, Bathurst, Carlton, Dubbo, Five Dock, Greenacre, Northmead, Old Guildford, Orange, Punchbowl, Taren Point, Wagga Wagga, Wentworthville and Wodonga.

Highlights of the Appeal include Joy Box making sessions at the toy workshop with Officeworks staff, CaringKids team visiting 10 Officeworks stores including Bathurst and Orange, and meeting and presenting to the Officeworks National Call Centre in North Rocks about CaringKids and how funds raised will bring joy to young carers.

Thank you to all the Officeworks staff and customers for all your efforts to raise funds and make a difference to the lives of young carers this June!

#makeadifference2022 #givealittle #changealot #officeworks

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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: [email protected]

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

We Love Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers Do you have a few spare hours to help us to send joy to young carers?

Check out our volunteer positions.