Our Young Carers

Our Young Carers
12/06/2024 CaringKids
Isabel

Michael

Hi there,

Michael is so happy to have received his box donated by you. We thank you very much!

His favourite are the books so far especially the dinosaur one.

Young Carer Michael

Young carer Mila

Mila

Hi there,

Just wanted to share some pics of Mila opening and enjoying her Joy box. She was truly overjoyed and we were so amazed at how generous the box was.

We opened it last weekend where it was a long weekend with 40+ degrees each day so it was perfect to keep her entertained all weekend.

Thank you so much, I can’t tell you how happy she was to receive it.

It also came a week after I had to be in hospital for a surgery and was still recovering so she had a lot of anxiety around this time.

Roxanne

Allegra

Hello angels from CaringKids,

A HUGE THANK YOU for the box of happiness my 7yo Allegra received recently. It arrived at the perfect time, after a tough day with her autistic brother the day before. Very welcome relief!!

Allegra’s thoughts…
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM?
The Cabbage Patch toy and Friends Lego sets. The Matilda’s soccer ball was awesome too.
DID YOU GET CREATIVE?
Yes with all the art supplies. I love doing art!
DID YOU SHARE YOUR JOY BOX WITH ANYONE?
She shared toys with her brother Benji, and some close friends at school.
WHAT OTHER THINGS YOU WOULD LOVE TO SEE IN A JOY BOX?
It was so wonderful, she couldn’t think of anything else.

It was fantastic that Allegra was the centre of attention for a change. She makes so many allowances for her brother and has done her entire life.
It’s just a wonderful service!!

Thanks again,
Rachel

Allegra

Young carer Benjamin

Benjamin

Hi there,

I just wanted to send an appreciation email for the awesome box of goodies my son Benji received this week. I asked him the questions …
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM?
The caterpillar squishy toy and Minecraft Lego were his favourite toys in the box.
DID YOU GET CREATIVE?
Yes with the Lego!
DID YOU SHARE YOUR JOY BOX WITH ANYONE?
He said that he would share his toys with his brother Roman.
WHAT OTHER THINGS YOU WOULD LOVE TO SEE IN A JOY BOX?
The things he would love to see in the box are Pokemon toys and more Minecraft toys and Lego. He also would love more squishy, sensory toys like chewy tubes.

Keep doing what you’re doing! These young carers deserve to have some positive attention thrown at them for what some of them go through and I’m so glad there are organisations like you who recognise that.

Much appreciated,
Renata (Benji’s mum).

Jean

Dear CaringKids,

Thank you ever so much for Jean’s Joy Box! She was ecstatic and felt very treasured.

Jean is a young carer for her brother who has Potocki-Shaffer Syndrome. She was filled with joy to receive her box and even shared some toys with her brother!

Thank you, the appreciation for your support is very deep in our family.

Annie (Jean’s mum).

Young carer Jean

Young Carer Margereth

Margereth

Hello there,

Thanks for the Joy Box that my daughter received. All the best.

Krisma (Margereth’s mum)

Kasey

Kaysey would love to say thank you so very much for the joy box that he received on Wednesday.

He loves everything in it.

Thank you

Kasey

Ellie

Ellie

Hello,

My name is Ellie and I am 11 years old. I care for my 8 year old sister who has Autism, ADHD and ODD. I was so excited to receive my Joy Box. There were so many amazing things for me and the best part was I could share it with my sister.

Thank you so much for my Joy Box.
Ellie

Darcy and Austin

Hi!

My boys received their joy boxes last night and they were absolutely thrilled!

Thank you so much for the wonderful work your organisation does. It was so nice to see the smile on their faces, with my youngest declaring ‘this is the best day ever’..

Thank you
Sarah

Darcy and Austin

Tomas and Isabela

Tomas and Isabela

Tomas was so excited to see the box was for him, very grateful for the gifts. Tomas favourite item was the Lego. He would like to see monster trucks. But grateful for what he received.

Isabela was also excited for the box they both weren’t expecting so many wonderful toys.

Belas favourite toys were the stuffed 🦁 and the Harry potter Lego. Bela would like to see slim in the boxes.

Tomas and Isabela said they will share the toys like the soccer and basketball.

Sarah

Emmanuel

Dear CaringKids team,

This week Emmanuel received his joy box. He was absolutely over the moon with everything in that box, you guys did such an amazing job. His favourite items were the Lego and the soccer ball but he is a big fan of stationary too.

He has been playing football with parents and friends ever since.

Manu says thanks for spoiling him and we parents are so grateful.

Kind regards,
Jen

Emmanuel

Young carer Christian

Christian

Hi,

My son recently received a joy box. He absolutely loved it. It came in the morning,  just before he left for school and he was so excited when he got home.

It really made his whole day.

Thankyou,
Alice

Isabel

Isabel is a young carer who helps look after her complex needs disabled brother. She does so not expecting anything in return. This year has been particularly hard as her brother has been struggling mentally. When the box arrived she was overjoyed that amazing volunteers cared about her to send her this bit of joy. She loved the drawing (as she is a budding artist) and the novelty glasses. She would not let go of the soft toy as it was so amazing to cuddle. Isabel was so grateful to everyone for their kindness at a time when she was struggling.

Anita

Isabel

Alyssa

Alyssa

Good morning to all the fabulous and generous people at Caring Kids.

Words can not describe the joy you have brought our daughter from the surprise toy box she has received last week.

She said her favourite is the barbie and the stuffed dog which she now sleeps with, it’s adorable. She has been playing with the netball and enjoying the netball book that I have been reading to her, she now is thinking of taking up netball which is awesome for her as she doesn’t have many hobbies as yet.

She also loves art and craft so she has already started painting and making racelets. She said she wouldn’t change a thing in the box.

You have helped Alyssa feel very special.

Kind regards,
Carina and Rya

Patrick

Dear CaringKids team,

Patrick received his box of joy this afternoon and he was soooooo excited!!

He said to say “thank you so much!”

He shared it with his brother which he is a carer for.

Kinds regards,
Patrick and family 💞

Patrick

Grace receiving her Joy Box

Grace

My favourite item was the little soft squishy toy and textas so I could draw 🌈 rainbows.

It made my day and was good point of conversation to talk about caring for others.

Thank you again
Grace

Arianna

Dear CaringKids,

Thank you kindly for Arianna’s Joy Box. We appreciate your kindness in thinking of this special little carer.

Arianna is an active and sporty child. She especially likes the basketball. Arianna is heavily into soccer, so it is nice for her to develop some new skills with the basketball. I have seen her bouncing it in the backyard several times.

Kind regards,
Tam

Arianna with her Joy Box

Tom

Tom

Hello my name is Tom and I received a Joy Box from you recently.

My favourite thing in the box was the Lego and the Wahu football and the goggles because I use them for my swimming lessons.

I shared some of the toys with my brother like the slinky and we play with the footy together.

I use the pencils and textas to do my school work and homework.

The only thing I didn’t like in the box was the diamond art because I found it hard to do but my mum helped me.

I felt very special getting all the toys and it made me very happy and I was so excited to open the box.

Mum has added a photo for you.

Thank you heaps.

Tom aged 10 years, South Australia ✨

Charlotte

Charlotte loved her Joy Box … she was so happy and excited when she came home and saw this on the door step. Charlotte’s favourite item was the monopoly game. She loves being creative and the paint like a pro canvas she received – she will be doing on the weekend to hang in her bedroom! She has been sharing her toy box with her brother Mason. She thought the box was just the best and you’ve done a great job packing the items together for her.

Thank you!!
Marlyn

Charlotte with her

Tom, one of our Young Carer

Tom

Just wanted to say a big thank you from Tom. His Joy Box arrived yesterday. He absolutely loves it, in particular the arts and crafts, Lego sets and the basketball.

Many thanks for your generosity,
Geraldine

Millie

Millie cares for her younger sister Rani. She recently received a CaringKids Joy Box. She would like to say thank you all for her amazing box. Millie loved all her gifts that were so carefully chosen.

Kind regards

Stephanie

Millie

Zion - One of our young carers

Zion

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for seeing, recognising and rewarding our little carer.

Forever grateful!
Shalisa

Brayden

We arrived home today from a holiday to QLD to allow our beautiful princess to have some time with her siblings. It’s hard to keep up with older siblings when you are extra small. Thank goodness for a wonderful big brother called Brayden who knows how to slow down.

Our neighbour had been collecting our mail. She arrived with a big box addressed to Brayden. He looked at me and said “Mum”! Wasn’t me was my reply.

He was very excited and opened his box of goodies. Each handful he pulled out there was something exciting from books, LEGO, to new pencils, craft paint. But best of all some face paint. Something he has been wanting for a little while now.

Brayden can’t wait to open the LEGO and wanted to start face painting straight away… ok after playing the box for a little while. I took some photos so you can see his excitement.

Thank you so much
You made a travel-tired boy very happy
Alyson

Brayden - One of our young carers

Chloe - One of our young carers

Chloe

I just wanted to say thanks for the toy box for my daughter Chloe. She loved every item in it and I think she also loved the validation it gave her as a thanks for caring for her siblings. It can be so tough being a young carer and there is only so much I can shield her.

Thanks again
Emma

Tomi

Thank you from Tomi ‐ Tomi loved the ‘How to be a YouTuber’ book and will be studying that carefully ‐ he will share some of the items with his three siblings.

Kind regards
Leanne

Tomi - One of our young carers

Jessica - One of our young carers

Jessica

Hi there,

Several weeks ago my daughter received her Joy Box. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness. Jessica was thrilled to receive her package. Her favourite things in the world are her stuffed toys. When she opened her Joy Box the first thing she saw was a yellow Sunshine CareBear. She has called him ‘Sunny’. Jess’ second favourite thing is the lunchbox, but she loves everything in the package. Thank you from Jess, and from us.

Kindest regards, Kylee and Greg

Dusty

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)

Lana

Hi Team,

Thank you sooooo much for the Toy Box. Lana was so happy and she totally deserves it for helping with caring for Zane. She helps us changing his stoma bag, goes for a walk with him and plays with him. Once, she had to call the ambulance when Zane had seizure. She did so well.

Thank you for your initiative. Appreciate it.

Azura (Lana’s mum)

Josie

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thankyou 🙂

I opened the door to the postage man this morning and got the shock of my life when the box had my name on it. I cannot choose a favourite item, but I love the border collie cuddly and bear handbag. I will be getting creative with the tie dyes and am sharing that with my brother Cooper.

I can’t believe I got this. Mum didn’t tell me I was getting it, so that was even better as it was a super surprise! Once we have created our tie dye outfit, we will share it with you.

Thank you!
Josie

Josie - Joy Box Recipient

Evie

Evie

Thank you CaringKids!

Evie  got the surprise of her life when she opened her toy box yesterday. We can’t thank you enough! She feels super special.

Krista (Evie’s mum)

Anya

Dear CaringKids,

Anya and myself would just like to say a massive thank you for her toy box! She didn’t know it was coming and was very surprised returning from school to have it at home. She carefully went through all the toys and gifts. I was very grateful for all of them. The LEGO has been the biggest hit and she’s been up early this morning carrying on with her project.

She has also passed on a few things to her brother as she didn’t want him to feel left out.

Zoe (Anya’s mum)

Anya

Laura

Laura

Thank you sooo much for Laura’s box of goodies!!! ”

She absolutely loves everything and was soo happy to go through it with her brother.

She’s extremely grateful and thanks everyone for their support!

Chantelle (Laura’s mum)

Roy

Roy was so delighted to receive your very generous box today. It really made his day.

He said the soccer ball was his absolute favourite. He very kindly shared some dinosaurs to his little brother as he knows how much he loves them.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity, it means so much to all of us.

Best wishes,

Roy and family

CaringKids Toy Box Recipients

Young carers across Australia provide care for a family member living with a disability or chronic illness.

Our young carers above are a few of the many happy recipients of our Joy Boxes.

There are an estimated 235,000 young carers providing care for a loved one across Australia.

Toys distributed

Distance Toy Boxes travelled (kms)

Toys rescued from landfill