Ukraine Play Box Appeal

Play Action International’s Ukraine Playbox Appeal

Play Action International believe play is the best way to help children recover from trauma. You can help give Ukrainian refugee children the gift of play by supporting their Play Box Appeal. Here’s how you can help…

Step one: Head over to the Play Action International website where you can learn all about the appeal. At the bottom of the page select the ‘Make Your Own Play Box’ link.

Step two: Read the toy guide Play Action International have put together and start filling your play box with toys & play materials ready to donate to a child. Find an empty medium sized shoe box. You can gift wrap the box if you want. Just remember to wrap the box and lid separately as Play Action International will need to manually check each box. Fill your box with a variety of toys and play materials. The Play Box Guide has all the info you need to pack your box, including what can be included and an age guide. Secure the lid of your box with string or a strong elastic band. Then put the finished box in a parcel bag or plastic bag taped up to protect it. When you’re done, go to the bottom of the page and select the Make a £5 Donation’ option to support the costs of the appeal.

Step three: Enter your details and make your donation. After you click ‘Complete My Donation’ you’ll receive a unique link to the Collect+ delivered by Yodel Ukraine Play Box Appeal page. Click ‘Ship Your Play Box with Yodel’ 

Step four: Once you’re on the Collect+ delivered by Yodel website using the link, you can print your label (either at home or in-store completely free of charge). Simply select either option on the page, attach the label to your play box and drop if off at any of the thousands of Collect+ delivered by Yodel stores in the UK. Yodel will collect your play box from your drop off location and deliver it to Play Action International. You’ll be able to track your parcel as usual.

More about the Play Box Appeal:

More than 3.7 million people – mostly women and children – have now fled their homes in Ukraine due to Russia’s unprovoked war. Most have sought refuge in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova and Romania and in the coming weeks, the UK expects to host up to 200,000 Ukrainian refugees.

UNICEF estimates more than 1.5 million children are among those who have fled abroad. These children have been ripped from their everyday lives. Families have been separated. Mothers and children continue to flee on foot and by rail. Let’s make no mistake, the trauma these children are experiencing will have lifelong consequences.

Play is a powerful yet simple way for trauma affected children to process their experiences, express their thoughts and feelings and reduce stress. Play Action International’s Ukraine Play Box Appeal, aims to give boxes of toys and play materials to as many of the estimated 90,000 Ukrainian children who are expected to arrive in the UK over the coming weeks, as well as to Ukrainian children seeking refuge in Eastern Europe. By offering Ukraine’s children boxes of toys and play materials, together we can begin to give them a sense of their childhood back. Visit the Play Action International website to find out more.