Monday, February 28, 2011

A full-on Dhamaal event at Daya Sadan!

On 21st of Feb Toybankers in Mumbai had an awesome time!

Toybankers from Lala College organized a toy collection drive for Toybank. We thank all the Lala college students to put in so much of efforts to raise toys for Toybank.

Toybankers arrived at around 11 AM at Daya Sadan Balwadi at Dharavi. And we were amazed to see so many small children waiting for us and sitting silently in rows of four with their parents sitting behind. The kids so cutely sang twinkle twinkle little star, chubby cheeks and other nursery rhymes in chorus! 

Later we played a lot of games like ringaringa roses, oranges n lemons, four corners, Fox fox what’s the time? This experience took us to the days when we used to enjoy these games as kids. So our volunteers went back to their childhood days and had a blast with the little ones! 

Here’s what our first time volunteer Zaibunissa, from Lala College had to say about her experience:
 
There always are questions unanswered in our mind. One such question in my mind was the true meaning of happiness. For the first time I went out and helped bring smile on these kids faces. The contempt, self satisfaction I felt is beyond words.


Luxuries can’t replace peace of mind and peace is what I felt amongst these kids, it hardly took time to make them feel happy but this little time spent with them today is always going to be a timeless memory for me. Being humble, grateful and contempt are the few things life made me realize today.
 
I want to do more of this, more of being useful as a human and able to give my life some thoughtful meaning. Life has given them what it wanted to, now our life has given us an opportunity to give what we want to. Be it time, concern or TOYS!

 
It does not take much for all this, just the WILL n passion.
I'm happy and I thank Toybank for spreading happiness to all.”


Check out all the Dhamaal from the event!
 


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Aham Bhumika and Toybank distribute toys in Bodakho, Bhopal

Toybank and Aham Bhumika are together trying to reach out to children in the tribal villages around Bhopal. On 12th of Feb, Aham Bhumika distributed toys to children from Mahabadia Village.

Aham Bhumika has now donated 15 more toys sent by Toybank Delhi to the children of tribal village Bodakho on the 19th of Feb. The children of this village belong to a tribal community. Village of Bodakho is not easily accessible by road and it has no electricity. The children here have no means to any form of re-creation.  

The children were delighted to receive toys! Here are some glimpses of children after the event!



At Toybank, Love is always in the air!

This Valentine’s Day, Toybankers in Mumbai gave away some toys. And got a whole lot of love!

Toybank held another card making session for the kids at Mobile Creches centre in Borivali. The kids made beautiful cards on Valentine’s Day for their loved ones.


Here’s what our volunteers had to say about our event:

Durga:My first volunteering activity started with Toybank. I came to know about this through Shweta Chari. I found donating old or new toys to the less fortunate kids a unique cause which was fantastic and incredible. After going through the Toybank’s website and blog, without a second thought I felt determined to volunteer for Toybank and I loved to see whether I could be involved with such a cause.

I just simply emailed on Toybank’s website that I could support a cause I cared about.  I heard from Farnaza through an e-mail about the event details of Toybank and I became a volunteer.

At Toybank see the world with the eyes of a child if only for a day. What’s for sure is an unforgettable experience. This passion continues to motivate me to take action and make a difference. Being a ‘volunteer’ is very noble and there’s a lot to learn! It’s a learning process for everyone. Glad I joined them. It is nice and opens a new horizon for me. I am going to take Toybank as an apt opportunity to serve back to that significant part of society. Thanks to Toybank!!



Ekta: "There’s something about giving toys to little children that makes you realize that Christmas doesn’t always come in December. 

On a sunny afternoon of February the 14th, we made our way across a dusty construction site to a small bumbling structure called the baalwaadi. Painted with giraffes and school buses in a myriad of colors, it was a sight for sore eyes. As each of us entered the classrooms, we were greeted with cheery ‘Good Aaaaaaaaafternoon, teeeeeeeacher!, and we knew it was going to be a great day. 

The children were excited, curious and most of them eager to begin right away. We divided them into age-appropriate groups and told them what we were going to be doing that day. Not too familiar with the idea of Valentine’s Day, we started off with asking their names and what they wanted to do when they grew up. 

The answers ranged from doctors, policemen, teachers and engineers. But the one answer common amongst them when asked who they loved the most was their parents. And so with that thought in mind we passed around plain folded cards. And after about 40 minutes of intense but creative brainstorming, drawing, and painting, the children proudly showed off their beautiful cards dedicated to their mummies, papas, behens and bhaiyas, expressing their love for them.

Meanwhile, the younger of the lot, i.e., the babies in the next classroom napped, indulged in educational activities and laughed away with Toybankers as the afternoon quickly passed us by.

Once the greeting cards were fussed over, it was time for what we did best.GIVE TOYS!!!!!!

Our one brown cardboard box filled to the brim with goodies stood in a corner. As we started passing around the newspaper-wrapped toys, the kids wondered what was in them. Excited, but a little hesitant. 

It was when the newspaper was ripped away that their eyes completely lit up, their smiles broadened, the excitement kicked up a notch and you could hear their laughter a mile away. They jumped around, showing each other what they had got and played right away with their new toys. A toy camera, a skipping rope, a racquetball set, a truck, a yellow teddy bear. 

But most importantly, what we loved giving them the most that day was joy. Better than any toys that any of us had ever gotten. Because this Valentine’s Day we got a whole lot of love.
Click here to check out more pics!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Toybank reaches out to children in Mahabadia and Bodakho, Bhopal

Every time we reach out to children from rural India it's an amazing feeling for all of us at Toybank!

Zee TV employees at the Zee Studio, Filmcity office in Noida organized a toy collection drive in Nov 2010. Around the same time Toybank Delhi found out about Aham Bhumika, an organization working in the tribal areas around Bhopal for the empowerment of women and education of children.
 
With the help of Ashutosh, who volunteers for Aham Bhumika the wrapped toys were sent to the Aanganwadis in the villages of Mahabadia and Bodakho. 

Here's what Subrat Goswami, volunteer from Aham Bhumika had to say in an email to us after the toy distribution event today!
 
"The toys provided by the Toybank Delhi were distributed today to the Aanganwadi centre of village Mahabadia, Kolar Road, Bhopal. Mahabadia village is nearly 17 kms from the heart of the city Bhopal. The village residents are of Adivasi and Banjara community. 

Nearly 30 - 32 toys were distributed to children of this village Aanganwadi centre.On this occasion the Aanganwadi Karyakarta Smt. Anita Mangroliya and Aanganwadi Sahayika Smt. Kamla Bai were also present.

The moment the toys reached the Aanganwadi centre today around 11.00 AM and the news of distribution of toys spread, with in few minutes the room of Aanganwadi was full of children excited to have a look and to play with the toys.The kids were eagerly waiting for their turn to have the toys to play. 



"By providing toys it is definite that the number of kids attending Aanganwadi centre will increase", said the Anganwadi Centre Karyakarta. Soft toys will be provided to the children at the Aanganwadi  centre for the children to play. While the plastic toys were given to the children in person. 13 toys will be distributed to the children of village Bodakho next week."

Catch all the smiles here!



We are thrilled to say the least! We are so glad to know that the children were excited and happy to receive the toys. We thank Zee Network and it's employees in Noida for organizing a toy drive and collecting wonderful toys. We thank Ashutosh Baranwal for helping us transport the toys to children in Mahabadia and Bodakho!

Miles to go before we sleep...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Toy collection drive in Heritage City, Gurgaon

2010 saw Toybank Delhi organize many toy collection drives with MNCs such as IBM, MPS, Genpact, Zee and NSN in Delhi/NCR. Our Delhi chapter is now all set for it's first massive toy collection drive in a Residential Complex! Toybanker Mita will be coordinating the drive.

It's a great opportunity for all our toy donors in Gurgaon! You can drop off your toys as part of this collection drive and we will ensure they reach out to the little hands soon!

Please feel free to write in at delhi@toybank.org for any queries.

Duration: 11th - 18th Feb
Venue: Heritage City,M.G. Road,DLF Phase 2,Gurgaon 





Thursday, February 03, 2011

Let's press the 'Rewind' button!

Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional!

In many of our wrapping sessions volunteers have wished and longed to have wonderful toys that we donate to the lesser privileged children. Here is a chance for all Toybank Volunteers out there to have a blast and bring their childhood back!


Our volunteers are the foundation of Toybank without whom most of our activities would not be possible. Starting now, once every month we will have a get-together of the volunteers.

Toybank celebrates volunteerism through "Volunteer Fun Day" on the 25th of February. To register yourself for Volunteer Fun Day please mail us on farnaza@toybank.org or call (022) 2445 8235.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

It's show time!!

Volunteers from Mumbai and UK teamed up to run for Toybank at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on 16th January 2011!

85 Toybankers participated in the Marathon to support our cause! Also we had an awesome Toybank supporter Nathan Hugh Coll who came to India for the very first time all the way from UK to run the Marathon for 42 kms.

We thank all the Toybankers and also Nathan for the extraordinary support! We thank you for running for Toybank. Through your run, you have silently told the world out there to campaign for the Rights of Children. Toybank does it through play and together we represented 1 billion children of the world who are in poverty.






Volunteer Speaks:
  • Here’s what Durga has to say about her first marathon- Fun'toy'abulous Xperience!!
“Toybank, the group really does phenomenal work. A unique and noble cause of providing toys to impoverished children and hopes to be able to give every child in the world that needs a toy to play with. That's why I jumped at the chance to run for Toybank at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2011-Dream Run. I had a fantastic run/walk through South Mumbai with Toybank teammates. It was not a race. Just assumed that aiming for fund raising cause and spreading the smile to be our goal.

Really getting into the spirit of it some of us dressed up in creative TOYBANK lettered train costume and clown outfit. It was fun and entertaining to run in creative costumes and spreading the message through hoardings, banners and giving away stickers of Toybank.
It was indeed an icing on the cake when Toybank bagged prize money by winning first position in the Run-in-costume contest by Pravin Tulpule.The event was really 
fun run!!



The joy of accomplishment and simply crossing the finish line with a run for a cause was a dream come true. I'm absolutely delighted and grateful to have the opportunity to run for such a fundamentally important cause. For a funtoyabulous experience that's sure to be life-changing, why not help try giving a toy and spreading joy in the lives of children’s at the same time! I was a child again here with Toybank reminiscing childhood. We need events like this one to remind us to serve back to that significant part of society and how good it feels to be connected!

Kudos to Toybank!!!”

  • And here's what Sapna Jain has to say about her experience! She is a first time Toybanker and completely rocked the scene on the marathon day!!!

"Give a Toy! Give a Future! Toybank Toybank!

It was one of the finest experiences of my life with all the Toybank team mates. I participated in this event for the first time. I was all set with the Toybank's funky T-shirt, badge and a BIB. It was a pleasant feeling to see the clean roads, non-polluted air and pure silence on the way. There were around 40,000-50,000 enthusiastic men and women of all age, caste and creed running for the marathon to support different causes. I was really touched to see the unity among the MUMBAIKARS.
I was so happy when TOYBANK was selected for the Best Costume Award-1st prize. I really liked the idea of promoting Toybank with a really innovative costume of a letter train. The slogan 'GIVE A TOY! GIVE A FUTURE' itself articulated the whole thing. It actually gives an enormous contentment to work for a cause.
Lastly, I would like to thank Toybank and I-Volunteer for giving me an opportunity, otherwise I would not be at MARATHON. Happy Toybanking"

Catch all the masti here!