Contact toy manufacturers that are willing to donate toys

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There are lits of manufacturers that make toys, posters, paper...maybe they are willing to donate some of their products. It doesn't have to be much!
It would be perfect if the company could send the toys to Sadhana right away, so we can avoid the problem of shipment.
Please find and contact manufacturers, and let us know the result!

Hello

My little girl loves her fisher price toys.
She is just 14 months old, so I do not have toys yet which she does not play with.

I found this fisher-price/mattel site, maybe they will donate some toys.

fisher price/mattel

They have a childrens foundation which donates toys. I contacted them today. Lets see what they say.

Greetings

Monique

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Der Everybody,

I am so sorry for the delayed reaction regaring this matter. I had a hard yesterday changing the new IFA and thank lot to Maaike for helping me.

In this regard, I welcome you all to join our new IFA, toy place for the children of Sadhana. I welcome your ideas and as usual all your contributions however, small they may be.

Once again, I hope to hear from you all!

junjun

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Dear Monique,

Thank you very much for the very good start. I really appreciate your help and thanks for contacting the said toy company. I am sure we can make a lot of children happy if we can get positive results from this.

Best regards,

junjun

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The Playhouse mystery is solved!!

As I don't have children I don't have any personal experience in this area but I will have a look around and see what I can find.

I do have a few questions before I start looking:

-- How many children use the Play House and what ages are they?

-- Is it possible to get more information on the kinds of items that are wanted (or not wanted). For example I don't know if they have a reliable supply of electricity or whether they would want items that use batteries (as the batteries would need replacing every now and then). I am guessing the preference would be for items that are fairly tough and difficult to break and also for things such as art materials.

-- Have Sadhana done any research to see if there are any companies/organisations in local towns who would be willing to donate anything as that would be the cheapest and fastest way to get items to them?

Are we still able to get at the old topics if we need to refer to them e.g. if I get a response from VSO about volunteers? I know Ranjana has now got some from AOITA but it would give her another option to follow up if she wishes to do so.

Mary

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Dear Mary,

Thanks for the clarificatory questions. The target group of this playhouse are children ages 10-15 years old and the scope will be all children of the village . They also need painting materials like papers, crayons, water colors, paints etc. The playhouse will be used as an activity center where the children can practice singing, acting as well as reading books, papercutting and the like.

In my opinion, what is needed at this age are activity or learning toys. I do hope Ranjana will give us more information about this so we can look for the appropriate toys that are needed by the children.

It is also great if we can find local donors because we can achieve the things needed in a much faster time and cheaper cost too.

And lastly, the volunteers of AIOTA will visit the village in two weeks to one month. If we can find other volunteers, as we have requested from several organizations, I think it is an advantage for our SPecial Friends and the whole community.

Good day!

junjun

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Hello

Junjun, you say that the kids are 10-15 years old, but as far as I know they are disabled.
So for what age do we need toys.
Disabled people are normally younger then their real age, if you know what I mean.
A cousin of my mum is some where arround 45 and he loves paper. No matter what kind of paper and he loves musik.

So I guess we must be sure which kind of toys, like Mary said, but also which real age these kids have.

Bye

Monique

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You mention that the children enjoy reading. What languages to they speak and read?

Does India have public lending libraries like we do in the UK? If so is it likely they would be prepared to lend books to Sadhana?

Mary

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Dear Mary and Monique,

I am very happy that you asked those questions for clarifications. Although we were given by Ranjana the background, the details were a bit unclear.

In this regard, I think it is better for Ranjana, our Village Representative, to answer those questions. She has a better view and understanding regarding this matter.

I will send her an email regarding your querries.

Have a great weekend ahead!

junjun

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Dear Monique,

The playhouse will be used by the children as the center of their activity. This will help not just the children of Sadhana, but all the children of the neighboring village.

Please refer that to our ISSUE description where we described the needs of the children for your further information. I hope it will help you. And anyway, I am still waiting for Ranjana's reply. I will update you all as soon as she sends me an email.

Thanks and best regards. :lol:

junjun

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Hello

This is the reaction I got from Mattel, not a good one for us, but maybe in the future they can help:

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Thank you for inquiry regarding Mattel's Toy Donation Program. Gifts In Kind International is a US based charitable organization recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. We administer Mattel's toy donation program.

Mattel is not currently able to contribute toys outside of the US. Although I recognize this is not the answer you were seeking, Mattel and Gifts In Kind are committed to helping children overseas. Unfortunately, shipping products overseas and through customs can make this very challenging.

We hope to be able to provide toys overseas in the future; but at this time I cannot give you a definite timetable for when or even if we will be able to accomplish this.

Thank you for your interest and I'm sorry I cannot help you more.

George Croft
Mattel Toys Donation Administrator
Gifts In Kind International
The World's Leading Charity in Product Philanthropy
333 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
http://www.giftsinkind.org/mattel/new_pg_details.htm
gcroft@giftsinkind.org
Phone: 703-299-7572
Fax: 877-798-3192

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Bye

Monique

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Dear Neighbours,
I am very thankful to you for the response you give to any issue we raise for Sadhana Village.
For the new issue of Play House I would like to clarify some points.
This activity is for the school children that live in the surrounding villages. They are from poor, deprived families situated in such area where they donot have access to modern things. But otherwise these are quite normal children going to normal school.
Initially we have chosen a group of children from class VI. There are 12 girls & 11 boys. It is not a fixed group as sometimes they bring their siblings or friends with them. The age group is 10 to 13. Every Saturday they come to Sadhana Viallage. It is a 4 km walk for them.but they come to play & read.Here we have kept some games like rings, basketball, some mechanos, snakes & ladders etc. also we talk to them. Listen to them. They draw & paint. Yesterday we showed a cd of animation films on our TV.

I have contacted some shopkeepers for donating stationery items. Also I am going to put up requests in private libraries for donation of used books & toys.
About 2 years back one of our colleagues received an award of Rs.5000/- for the work she is doing for the disabled.( she is housemother of one of the houses as well as trustee of sadhana.). She has given me the entire amount to buy things for playhouse.
Also I am contacting some authors, publication houses for books. The books should be in MARATHI our local language, as they do not know any other language.
Mary, we do have public libraries but unfortunately they donot lend books to organisation like us.
I can go on on this subject. but i stop here.
thanks again.
Ranjana.

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Dear Neighbours,
we will also need 5 computers in the near future. say after 6 months.I would like them to handle & learn computer. They haven't even seen one.
Ranjana.

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Ranjana, thanks for the information.

I am wondering whether it would be better for the toys and computers to be set up as two different issues as we will probably need to look at two totally separate sets of companies etc to get them. What does everyone else think?

On the toys issue, these are simply my thoughts - I am perfectly happy if others wish to agree or totally disagree as it is by discussing things that we will (hopefully) come up with the best solutions. Apologies if I am stating the obvious or mentioning things that have already been tried.

It seems to me that it is going to be easiest to try and get toys from companies/individuals in the local area, or possibly other places in India rather than internationally. I say this due to the costs and hassle of shipping from abroad.

Do you have more details of exactly what items you want? What toys, games, art etc do the children enjoy or want to try? I am assuming FUN as well as education!

On the education front, I guess this will need to fit in with and add to what they are taught at school. Do you have any particular subjects in mind?

One thought to improve language/reading skills etc is word games. Are popular games such as Scrabble available in Marathi language versions?

Have logic puzzles like Sudoku and Kakuro made it to India yet? Half the world seems to be hooked on them so I am sure some of your children would enjoy them.

I assume you have second-hand/charity shops in Pune? If so then these will often be sources of cheap (although not free) items.

You may be able to get individuals to donate items if you can publicise your need e.g. by getting featured in local papers/radio/TV/websites etc. If any local papers or websites allow free advertising then this may also be an option. May also be worth mentioning the search for toys on your Sadhana website.

Approach local toy/book/sports shops, wholesalers, manuafacturers. Even if they are not able to give you a large number of items they may let you have end-of-line or slightly damaged items for free or at a very reduced cost, especially if they can use this to get good publicity for themselves.

Are you close enough to Pune (or any other large commercial town) to be considered by any donation/charity programmes run by any of the large companies there? Although they may not be able to provide toys they might be interested in getting involved in fundraising activities.

One other thought - I know the SFs have various craft and manufacturing skills. Could they make anthing that is suitable for the children? That way, they are involved in the project as well and really feel like they are helping others.

I will save any thoughts on computers until it is decided whether that is going to be treated as a separate issue - otherwise it could get very confusing!

Mary

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Dear Monique,

Thank you very for for informing us regarding the reply of Mattel Fisher Price regarding our request. It's alright. We can look for other companies which will help us in our cause.

Thanks and more power!

junjun

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Dear Ranjana,

I really appreciate on what you are doing to the village. I know it is informative to have computers in your village but we have to find solutions first to our new issue that is finding toy companies and manufacturers for the playhouse.

I thank you for giving some clarificatory answers to our neighbors which I think is very helpful and informative.

Best regards.

junjun

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