Saturday, October 31, 2009

Toybank ties up with SMStodonate!

Toybank has tied up with SMStoDonate.org, an organization which is using SMS to bridge the gap between the have's and have nots.

It helps connect people who wish to donate to the people who need donations. SMStoDonate.org is an awesome way for mobile phone users to donate. Donate anything - old clothes , unused medicines, books, food, toys etc.

Once you send a SMS with a specific Keyword you are given the Name, Address, Phone No of a NGO in your City which needs the above mentioned things. You can then go and donate to the NGO.

SMStoDonate.org has activated this service for Toybank in Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune where Toybank is already operational. So If you are in Mumbai, Pune or Bangalore and wish to donate toys - just type "Toys StdCode" and send SMS to 96655-00000 !!

We thank
SMStoDonate.org for helping us reach out to many more kids in the country!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Toybank participates in Indiya Shine Awards!

Toybank is participating in InDiya Shine Awards, 2009!

It is being organized by GreatNonprofits. GreatNonprofits is a place to find trustworthy nonprofits. Their mission is to:

Help inspire and inform prospective donors and volunteers, help them differentiate between nonprofits, find ones that they trust, and be more confident in giving or signing up to volunteer

Enable great nonprofits, regardless of the size of their marketing budget, to harness their most authentic and most effective advertising – the stories of the people they’ve served.

Promote greater nonprofit excellence through feedback and transparency.

GreatNonprofits, Little India, and GuideStar have teamed up to launch the 2009 InDiya Shine Awards to recognize the top-rated nonprofits that are making a difference in India or within the Indian community abroad.

During this festival period, organizations with the most positive reviews will be announced winners. There will be 3 winners in each of 3 budget categories (Small, Medium, Large).

What do winners get? Winners will be featured on Greatnonprofits.org and Guidestar.org, the premier site for philanthropic research on the Web. There will also be a special feature on the contest and the winners in Little India – the largest overseas Indian publication in the U.S., including special editorial content.

Contest Deadline: Oct 20th, 2009

If you have volunteered with us or donated toys or have been associated with Toybank in any way, it would be wonderful if you could write a few lines and even rate Toybank by clicking on this link.

Toybank has already received 8 reviews. Write your review and help raise our profile and give us constructive feedback about your experience with us.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Toy collection drive at Podar School, Bombay!

The Joy of Giving Week was celebrated from 27th September to 3rd October 2009. The Joy of Giving initiative is a national movement, that aims at engaging Indians in different “acts of giving” money, time, resources and skills.

Podar High School, Santacruz celebrated joy of giving on the 29th of September 2009 with “Toybank”. Mrs.Pal (Headmistress Podar School) wholeheartedly supported the initiative by organizing toy collection in their school . The toys collected were given to Toybank. Students of primary section of Podar School consisting of Nursery,Jr.Kg and Sr.Kg participated in this event.The children had got toys from their homes, they had wrapped them neatly, labeled them and filled them in big bags. Some were happy with the idea of helping those in need, whereas some were not too happy with the idea of parting with their toys!

To complete the purpose of the initiative and to ensure that it was understood by the children we had our newly joined Toybanker Priyanka Mallik who addressed the children about the initiative and also taught them values of sharing, caring, being sensitive towards their environment and to be able to make a difference in whatever way possible - a satisfying and memorable experience for the 4 yr olds and for all the Toybankers too!

Toybank received "51 huge gunny bags of toys" :-) which is close to over 1000 toys from Podar school!

Pictures will hit the blog soon!