Toy Hub, a newly-launched children’s charity working across the HP4 and HP23 areas, has announced its plans to support families and carers on low incomes by supplying toys and gifts for their children to unwrap this Christmas.
This year, as the cost-of-living numbers continue to rise, some households in the local community will struggle to navigate the additional financial commitment Christmas can bring. Toy Hub firmly believes every parent or carer should be able to enjoy seeing their child open a gift on Christmas morning, and this autumn the charity will be working hard to make that happen.
Toy Hub was founded by a group of Berkhamsted-based school mums and is managed entirely by volunteers. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and the trustees will be calling on everyone in the local community to help spread some festive joy by donating new or like-new toys, money to purchase items, or their free time to help volunteer.
One of the Toy Hub founders and trustees, comments, ‘Many people living in this area aren’t aware of the hard financial struggles some local families face. Since starting the charity we have been working closely with council departments, food banks and local services and it’s very clear that Christmas will be a time of enormous financial pressure for some households. We will be urging the very good people living in our communities to join together to bring some festive joy to all the families affected living in the HP4 and HP23 area.’
Toy Hub will launch an online application form this autumn and any parent, carer or an organisation working on a family’s behalf will be able to apply for Toy Hub support. If they qualify for help, the applicant will be contacted with details of how and when they will receive the gift(s).
Later this year Toy Hub will be opening the toy donation drop-off points across the HP4 and HP23 towns and villages, and will be asking people to donate new and like-new toys to the cause. The charity can only accept new or like-new toys people would be happy to gift to their own family’s children.
For more information about the charity including how to donate, volunteer and support, please visit: toyhub.org