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RE-THINK AND RE-PURPOSE YOUR KID’S PRE-LOVED TOYS AND MAKE A CHILD’S WISH COME TRUE

It’s the season for giving (responsibly).

In partnership with The Angel Network, in 2020, we placed donation boxes outside toy stores at Fourways Mall, Mall of Africa, The Pavilion, Blue Route Mall, and Vaal Mall, collecting a total of 3,540 toys. This year, we’ve once again been collecting pre-loved toys for underprivileged children, but this time around, corporates, schools, and 24 Toy Kingdom stores have joined in to help collect pre-loved toys.

As a campaign that has been widely embraced by all with open arms, many have volunteered to join in, by helping on Saturdays and Sundays during October and November.

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Did you know that over one million children in South Africa don’t know what it feels like to own a toy? These past few weeks, alongside The Angel Network, we’ve been working hard to make the dream of owning a toy become a reality for many children this year.

 

On the 11th of October 2021, Safripol and The Angel Network spent the day at Toy Kingdom in Fourways Mall with Shane The Duke from HOT FM, and Ryle Rene De Morny from Expresso to bring attention to our Let’s Plastic Responsibly Toy Campaign.

Safripol’s, Mark Berry, and The Angel Network’s Terry Marks spent the 22nd of October 2021 live on Expresso with presenters Graeme Richards and Zoë Brown.

On the same day, we spent time at Toy Kingdom in Tyger Valley Shopping Centre to bring even more attention to our heartfelt cause. Krispy Kream also warmly welcomed us with coffee and donuts which has brought even more joy to this initiative.  

“There are so many children living out there with incredible hardship, even more so than pre-COVID. The partnership we have with Safripol is something that benefits these children, and helps us to get these toys out to the communities and bring some joy into their difficult lives”, says The Angel Network’s Terry Marks.

 

Food security is a primary focus – especially during COVID-19. But, we believe that children need toys and that it is important for them to play, explore and use their imaginations.

 

“With just a little bit of effort, we can get a toy that isn’t adding any value by sitting in a cupboard or within your house and be able to re-use or re-purpose it, to give to a child who has never had one before”, says Safripol’s, Executive and Commercial Director, Mark Berry.

 

There are so many items we purchase without thinking twice. By re-thinking what some of these items can do for the less fortunate, we have the opportunity to make someone’s day, month, and even year. 

With support from so many individuals, schools, corporates and going from 10 boxes in 2020 to 54 boxes in 2021, hopefully, we can put many more smiles on many more children’s faces this festive season.

On the 5th of November 2021, Safripol and The Angel Network spent the day at St. Jane’s de Chantal Charity Home playing, blowing bubbles and spoiling children with re-gifted toys.

On the 12th of November 2021, we spent the day at Banakekeleni Orphanage and had even more children jumping with joy and happiness with their donated toys.

 

“It can make a massive difference in a child’s life, knowing that they own a toy. It’s also the idea for a child, of feeling that important in the moment of actually receiving a toy”, says Expresso’s Graeme Richards.

If you would like to join in on this amazing initiative, please clear out your kid’s toy boxes (tell your friends, family, colleagues, and employees to do the same), and donate any pre-loved toys at your nearest Toy Kingdom store’s drop-off box from 1 October 2021 to 30 November 2021 to make a child’s wish come true.

 

Please know that all toys are welcome. Safripol will be re-using or re-purposing any pre-loved toys donated for The Angel Network to re-gift to underprivileged children countrywide.

 

To locate your nearest Toy Kingdom store, please click here.

Let’s plastic (and give) responsibly.