Thursday, May 26, 2011

Toybank reaches out to kids at Tata Memorial Hospital!

Toybank added more toys to the play centre at Tata Memorial Hospital, managed by V Care Foundation.

Toybank has partnered with V Care Foundation to gift toys to their play centre once every three months.
We carefully choose the toys to be sent to the children at the Tata Memorial Hospital. We gave many colorful musical toys and other new toys and recreational toys for the kids to play at the play centre.

A BIG Thank You to our Toy Donor Ushasi Basu, for specifically donating new toys for the Hospital children.

The kids at Tata Memorial will really love these toys, they get to play with these toys everyday! And volunteers from V care supervise these play sessions.  A volunteer at V Care says, “The toys make these children so happy that they forget whatever pain they are going through.” The children really become cheerful and become kids again by playing with these toys!

A super duper hit game is ‘The Hungry Hippos’ which the children absolutely love playing. Vandanaji, the founder member of V Care Foundation told us that this game is so popular that children wait in a line to play this game!
It is indeed a pleasure to see smiles on the faces of innocent children by a simple medium of a toy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Toybank had another joyous event with the kids at Niramaya Health Foundation!

Niramaya Health Foundation has been working for drop out children since two years, by establishing a Drop-In Center in the Deonar dumping ground area. The primary aim is to help them streamline their thinking by interacting with them and helping them understand basics of math, languages, geography and encouraging them to think creatively through arts of drawing and painting.

On the 10th of May, 2011 Toybankers all set with wonderful toys entered the Nirmaya centre at Govandi.
We played Pictionary and Dumb Shiraz with all the children and distributed the toys.

Here is what the Program Manager, Amruta at Niramaya Health Foundation had to say:

"When volunteers from Toybank visited our center, children were very much enthused with the new game that they taught the kids. It was a new experience for them and they liked it very much because of its quality of involving everyone in it. The game was “Pictionary”. A totally different concept for them, that made them imagine, think, asked them to be creative!! The distribution of toys by Toybank brought wide smiles not only on the children’s faces but their mommies too. Possessing a toy of their own is like heaven to them. All kids, small under fives and even children of 10 to 12 years of age received toys as per their ages. Board games were explained to the kids after the distribution.

It was a joyous moment for them and asked everyone of us, when would these teachers come back again to teach us a new game? A fun filled day for children, the activities by toybank raised their spirits to the fullest! We are grateful to Toybank to have taken such great efforts to come over with their volunteers distribute toys to the kids in our Drop-in Center. "

Here's what our Toybanker Vishakha has to say about the event:

"As volunteers at the toy distribution event at Nirmaya health centre, we had decided to play pictionary and were very unsure of what the response would be. But to our surprise it turned out to be so much fun. None of these kids had ever played pictionary, but each one was as enthusiastic and willing to participate. Some of the kids didnt even speak hindi, only urdu, but it didnt stop them using their imagination and creativity in best possible ways. Some naughty kids also leaked the answer before drawing were completed. :)
Following the pictionary game of dumb shiraz was also played, with equal and rather more enthusiasm. At the end when we said that we are going to donate toys all the kids were jumping and screaming with joys! It was a pleasure to be a part of this event and gift the toys to these wonderful children." 

Catch the fun here

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Volunteer of the month - April, 2011

Presenting to you the Volunteer of the month for April…… DURGA SHINDE!!!

Durga has been a consistent volunteer with Toybank since December, 2010. She has also participated in the SCMM Marathon for cheering Toybank. Since then she has been a part of Toybank in most of our activities. She has attended a distribution event and has helped us in follow-up sessions at our play centers in the month of April.

Here’s Durga Toybanking!

We had a small QnA session with Durga….

Toybank: What brought you to volunteer with us?
Durga: The 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. I love supporting this cause so taking Toybank as an apt opportunity for me to serve back to that significant part of society which I care about. Thanks to Toybank for giving me such an opportunity to be a part this phenomenal work.

Toybank: What is your most memorable experience with Toybank?
Durga: Be it
i) a toy wrapping session with Toybank teammates,
ii) playing cricket, football, or dumb charades with YMCA boys,
iii) encouraging kids through art workshop at Salaam Baalak Trust to rethink the way they view discarded materials and to seek creative solutions for their reuse,
iv) teacher training at Parivartan getting familiarize with fun and educational toy games.
v) toy distribution for children at across centers.
With Toybank every moment is funTOYabulous experience. Herewith Toybank I’m a child again… reminiscing childhood.

Toybank: What do you think about volunteering in general?
Durga: Volunteering is a comprehensive platform to support a worthy cause which is dear to those who want to serve back to society. It gives you the chance to make a difference in the community.

Toybank: What keeps you motivated to volunteer?
Durga: It is the children's smiling, cheerful faces motivate me.

A big THANK YOU to Durga!!!
Keep Toybanking!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

It's toy wrapping time in Gurgaon!

Toybank Delhi organized a second wrapping session in Gurgaon. The toys collected were from various organizations in and around NCR - Genpact (Delhi and Gurgaon), NSN (Noida) and Parent Pride - Play School and Day Boarding, Sec 55, Noida.

Toybankers Mita, Paromita, Saahil, Aseem and Yogesh got together and wrapped around 150 - 200 toys at Heritage City, Gurgaon on 16th of April. Now it's time to distribute these toys to the tiny little hands which will be delighted to have them!

Here are a few experiences shared by our Toybankers about their first wrapping session:

"As always it was a heartwarming experience when people from different walks of life get together for a cause, it give a sense of purpose."

"It was the first toy wrapping event which I attended and I must say it wasn't easy. Wrapping 150-200 toys and cleaning up the messed up house, it was back-breaking.But the only thing which kept us going was the fact that our efforts are going to bring smiles on so many faces."

"I enjoyed the time we spent together. I hope we are going to rock the Toy Distribution event also."

" The event was a great experience and gave us the insights of actual, behind the scene jobs that were earlier done by others including Swetha and Mita. These tasks are always finished while working in teams so cheers to all of us."

Mita, who also coordinated the wrapping session:
"You guys did a wonderful job at helping pack those things in the appropriate places. Cheers and see you all at the toy distribution event!"

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Cycling Sunday!

Toybankers had a good time cheering for Toybank at The Mumbai Cyclothon, held on 24th April 2011 at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.

Here’s what Jaspreet has to say about the event:

“The Mumbai leg of Indian Cyclothon was held on 24th April 2011 at BKC in Mumbai. The cyclothon started at around 6.30 am in the morning. The Toybank team was present in full force. The other members included Pravin- 'Happy Toybanker', his son Malhar, Nitesh who had come for this event from Goa all the way, Deepa and Jaspreet Singh.

The 'Happy Toybanker' was at his animated best and also cycled to get support for Toybank. He met up with the Army Jawans and posed for photographs.

At the end of the Cyclothon, Toybank was also interviewed by Red 93.5FM and the RJ said that he will play the recording on air. The RJ recorded comments of the Toybank team on the recorder.

We also gave stickers and spread the message around for Toybank, including the Mumbai Police. The Toybank team also posed for photographs with many other Cyclist teams at the cyclothon.

The Toybank concept was spread around many cyclists - a good Sunday morning spent well.”

Catch all the fun here!