The Toy Trust is to donate £10,000 to help those caught up in the crisis taking place in Ukraine, via one of its trusted, long-standing emergency relief charities, Samaritan’s Purse.
Samaritan’s Purse will provide emergency ‘backpacks’ for refugees from Ukraine who are fleeing the conflict and who have had to leave their homes and belongings behind. The emergency backpacks will provide essential items including hygiene items, blankets, and basic necessities.
Paul Stockwell, UK Director of Fundraising at Samaritan’s Purse, says: “Our thanks go to the Toy Trust for the very generous gift of £10,000 towards supporting those who have fled the terrible conflict in Ukraine. Ukrainian children and their families who have sought safe haven only have what they could carry. This gift will be used to provide backpacks of hope that contain hygiene products and blankets to Ukrainian refugees, many of whom are traumatised by their experiences. This gesture of care will make all the difference to them.”
Graham Canning, Toy Trust Committee Chairman, says: “One of the main functions of the Toy Trust is to provide emergency aid in any crisis involving children, and this is a time when we believe our support is needed to help the many families whose lives have been turned upside down. We believe our support, via the Samaritan’s Purse emergency backpack initiative, will provide urgent help on the ground to those refugees who need it.”
The Toy Trust is aware that those working in the toy industry may already be providing their own response to the crisis, but any companies or individuals who wish to pledge their support can do so via the Toy Trust.
The Toy Trust will continue to monitor the situation and may provide further support for those affected once more is known on how best support can be given. Any donations to the Toy Trust received specifically for the Ukraine crisis will be ring-fenced and distributed accordingly, as soon as possible, and once more is known on how best to provide support for children and families in the region.