Online toy drive for families in need

4 November 2020|Christmas| Off Comments off on Online toy drive for families in need|

HOBART City Mission’s annual toy drive has gone virtual this year in order to keep clients, volunteers, staff and donors safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual Christmas Toy Drive provides gifts to children in need and families who are struggling to make ends meet at this often stressful time of year.

This year, Hobart City Mission has partnered with online giving platform Simply Giving, allowing donors to select and donate toys online

Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley said the Simply Giving platform allowed donors to feel the joy of selecting a specific gift while maintaining safe physical distancing.

“The Simply Giving platform is great – it’s just like online shopping,” he said.

“There are lots of toys to choose from for all different ages and at difference price points.”

Mr Stubley said there were a lot of benefits to donating online.

“It removes a lot of the logistical work that usually surrounds the Christmas Assistance Program, which saves us time and resources,” he said.

“It also means that we can be sure all the toys delivered are appropriate for our clients.

“We are very grateful to our generous donors who make Christmas a special time for people and children in need.

“This is particularly important this year when there has been so much uncertainty and difficulty for so many Tasmanian families.

“A very big thank you to all of the local businesses who have also joined the Christmas Toy Drive this year, who are either collecting toys for us, or hosting their own online toy drive on our behalf.”

The online giving platforms is open until 4 December and people can donate at hobartcitymission.org.au/donate-a-toy.

While online donations are the preferred method this year, if people would still like to donate in person, they can drop donations off at Hobart City Mission’s office at 50 Barrack Street in Hobart.

People struggling to make ends meet this Christmas can apply for Hobart City Mission’s Christmas Assistance Program by visiting www.hobartcitymission.org.au/cap/ and filling in an online application form, or by visiting Hobart City Mission offices at 50 Barrack Street, or 11 Main Road in Moonah.

Due to limited funding, there are only a certain number of spots in the program.

While submitting an application does not guarantee you a spot, it’s important to get your application in early for the best chance to access the program.

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