Birthday Cupboard Program
The money you spend in our Op Shops helps us to deliver a range of programs, such as our Birthday Cupboard. This program provides personalised children’s gifts for parents who are under financial strain. We receive referrals from agencies in the region when there’s a family who could use some help – parents fill out a form telling us their child’s birthdate, gender and some suggestions for the type of toy the child would like. We only use brand new/in original box toys for this project, so Olivia from our Toy Barn then works through her collection to find the perfect gift. It comes complete with wrapping paper and a card, and parents can pick the present up from us or we’ll pop round to their place and drop it off. The difference this can make to a child’s day is huge – birthdays are very important to them and when times are tough, it really helps if kids are still able to do all the ‘normal’ things their friends are doing. It also means a lot to the parents who desperately want to provide their kids with a special birthday celebration but aren’t in the financial position to do so.
Thank you to everyone who shops in our stores and helps contribute to these programs. If you are interested in supporting the Birthday Cupboard program directly, we’re always looking for toy donations – they just need to be new and in their original packaging. Toy donations can be dropped off at any of our stores. We’d absolutely love your support if you can help!