Every child, as he or she grows up, deserves toys to play with. Toys not only entertain the child, but also help in the child’s emotional and educational development. A toddler’s skills improve as it identifies colours and shapes in toys. As the child grows up, toys, games and story books help in learning alphabets and numbers. Brain games such as puzzles, card games and riddles benefit children through exercising the brain.
Underprivileged children from poor backgrounds are no different from other children. But they are deprived of the joys and pleasures of playing with toys simply because their parents lack the means to buy toys. Donate new or old toys to toy banks listed in 'Whom Can You Contact?' section below and bring back smiles on the kids' faces!
In urban homes of India, parents have financial means to indulge their kids with toys. However, children do get bored with playing with the same toys after a while. These used toys which would be worn-out a little while still being functional, can be donated to toy banks. Imagine the joy that these toys can give to children who never had toys to play with!
Toy banks clean and refurbish the old toys. Some organizations gift-wrap and distribute the toys among underprivileged communities in villages and cities. Other organizations use the toys in-house or hand them over to toy libraries run by themselves or others.
Give Toy Give Joy
This is an initiative to give joy to less privileged kids by gifting old but usable toys to them. Their volunteers collect child toys from different areas of Ahmedabad. If you wish to donate toys, call one of the numbers below for pick-up.
99740 79022, 99749 84799, 90999 39891, 88665 45254
Vaani - Deaf Childrens Foundation
To help make learning fun for deaf children, donate kids' toys and pictorial books (in good condition), pictorial grammar books, pictorial story books (folk stories/fairy tales), flip books, puzzles, scrap books, drawing books.
No.801, 2A Cross, 8th Main, HRBR 1st Block, Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore 560043
Bangalore Mumbai Pune
If you are living in Bangalore, Mumbai or Pune, please hand over used child toys in good-condition to Toybank who then distribute them to under-privileged children. Barbie dolls and toys that promote violence (like guns) are not accepted.
They have set up a children's play area in the Paediatric Department of PGIMER. Donate children books and toys (both new and second-hand) to make this play area lively. Collection will be made from your doorstep in Chandigarh.
c/o Omni Clinics & Diagnostics, SCO 343-345, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh 160034
HAPPY HANDS Spreading Smiles
Happy Hands works with children in the age group of 3 to 21 years & focusses on their creative and social development. Their volunteers collect toys for toy libraries. Till date 7 toy libraries have been set up in various primary schools in Chennai.
Lakshyam Toy Libraries
Have set up 16 toy libraries till date throughout the country. Toys are collected by placing toy boxes in schools in which children are encouraged to drop toys that are no longer in use at home. In addition, other can also donate toys and children's books.
HO: B 1/27 Ground Floor, Hauz Khaz, New Delhi 110016
Branch: 92, A.G Colony, Kadru, Ranchi 834002
Delhi HO: 95407 90002, 011-4015 4493. Ranch Branch: 0651-233 0036
Prayas works for the education, rehabilitation and empowerment children who are mentally and physically challenged or socially disadvantaged. They welcome donation of toys and story books which are helpful for the children by aiding their overall development.
Jhalana Special School, J-5A, Jhalana Institutional Area, Jaipur
Children Toy Foundation
The Foundation has set up 79 toy libraries in Mumbai and the old toys that you donate will be sent to these to these libraries. The toys can be delivered at the address below or collection from your end can be arranged.
C/O R.Desai & Co, Modern House, 11 Dr. V.B.Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai-400023.
Devendra S. Desai – Founder/Mg.Trustee
022-2282 0687, 99877 54555, 91677 69557
Ratna Nidhi’s 'ToyBox'
Till now Toybox has handed over donated toys to over 750 children in Mumbai and rural Maharashtra. Call the numbers below for pick-up from your doorstep. Following toys will not be accepted: Barbie dolls, gun toys, toy swords etc.
5th Floor, Vasant Vilas, 31, DD Sathye Marg, Mumbai 400004
74989 89292, 022-2389 8930
More Welfare Trust
Donate your new and used toys will be passed on by them to orphanages and shelters for mentally retarded children.
More Petrol Pump, Shivane, Pune.
020-2529 0909, 90110 13330
Tathapi Trust for 'Women and Health' Resource Development
Are establishing crèches for children (0-6 years) of migrant workers in selected areas under PCMC. Request donation of toys, playing materials, books, wooden blocks, paint, brushes, pencils etc.
Flat No. 1, 73, Sangam Society, Bibwewadi, Off Pune Satara Road, Pune 411037
The Toy Bank
New and old toy donations are collected through their collection centres as well as via collection drives in schools and corporates. The toys are then refurbished and repackaged into age-graded toy kits and re-distributed to villages in rural and tribal areas.
011-2378 2233, 2378 2020
Wish to donate new or used toys lying at your home? Give the same to NGOs in your city serving underprivileged children.
Know of a charitable institution serving kids that cannot afford to buy new toys? Inform them to contact one of the organisations above.
Aware of an organization collecting used toys & distributing them to needy kids? Inform us so that they can be listed on this page.
Keen to ensure that more people involve in toy donations for children? Persuade your friends, relatives and co-workers to donate old toys which their children no longer play with.
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