Around 800 companies who exhibited at Spielwarenmesse earlier this year have made donations spanning cuddly toys to traditional board games to numerous welfare institutions in and around Nuremberg, as well as SOS Children’s Villages across Germany.
The donations – made following this year’s successful Spielwarenmesse in February – filled more than 30 Euro pallets.
Ernst Kick, CEO of Spielwarenmesse, has said that the ongoing donation campaign is a ‘matter very close to the hearts’ of the Spielwarenmesse team and its exhibitors, thanking them for their continued support.
“These toys bring moments of joy to many children across Germany and in the local vicinity,” he said.
The toy fair and the city of Nuremberg have been inseparably linked for the past 70 years, which is why local institutions have been among the recipients of the exhibitors’ generous donations. Eight local organisations and charities were selected, among them the “Sternenhimmel” day nursery in the district of Eberhardshof.
The gifts were officially presented by Ernst Kick and Teena, the Spielwarenmesse mascot, on May 21. The nursery centre accepted the donations on behalf of all the other projects.
The organisation behind “Sternenhimmel” is known as Mesale e.V. Established in 1995, the charity looks after and educates children, teenagers and adults in and around Nuremberg. The aim is to support holistically the general and school education of young people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, religions and nationalities.
“These days, creativity is a key competency. The campaign allows us to equip our day nursery with new toys and to help our children in many different ways,” said Cornelia Ruppert, head of “Sternenhimmel”. “We would like to thank the whole team for their fantastic support.”
At the forthcoming Spielwarenmesse, which takes place from January 29 to February 2 2020, exhibitors will once again have the opportunity to donate their toys.