Apart from running free in open spaces, screaming and laughing their lungs out, one of the many things that children enjoy doing, is playing with toys. Studies have also proven that toys help children grow in more than one ways. Keeping that in mind, Toy Bank was born.
“We work with the motto ‘recycle toys, recycle smiles. We also help these children by providing them with teaching aids that supplement their understanding and development,” says Vidyun Goel, Director Toy Bank.
The organisation was formed 15 years ago and believes that along with fun, through this initiative, they are also imparting the value of sharing. “The organisation operates on a simple formula – we collect unused/new toys via collection drives and individual donations. These are then sorted according to the demographics of gender, age, intellectual capacity and finally delivered to areas with little or no access to such resources,” explains Vidyun. The Joy of Giving Week works is an opportunity for Toy Bank to take their initiative further.
The organisation has different channels through which they collect and distribute toys. “School Connect Program is one such activity where we collect toys that are not used and direct them to children in underprivileged schools after they are sorted. Private schools in Delhi have collaborated with us. So have a number of corporates,” shares Vidyut.
Toy Bank also has a Anganwadi Connect Program. “Recognising the significance of early childhood education, the Toy Bank’s Aganwadi Connect Program aims to increase the attendance in the Aganwadis as well as ensure development of child through early stimulation through play way methods,” says Vidyut.
Toy Bank operates from Delhi and has its centres spread across the country. Anyone can create a collection centre but have to follow a set of instructions from Toy Bank.