HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
for children with special needs
We are participating in a local toy drive. If you’ve been in the store lately you’d have noticed this box up front:
You have until December 18th to bring some joy to a child by dropping off a toy here or at any of the other drop-off locations around New Haven.
(Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, Romeo & Cesare’s, Fuel Coffee, Miya’s Sushi)
“The toys will help children with many different disabilities that include autism, down syndrome, global developmental delays, Hypotonia, and a number of other chromosomal anomalies. (all of the children that are receiving the toys are also in lower socio-economic levels).
There are are a number of toys that are beneficial these include puzzles, nesting cups, blocks, books (simple picture books), cause/effect toys (pop ups, lights/sounds) cars, trucks, dolls. Here are a few links to for ideas: beyondplay.com and funandfunction.com. Toys R Us also is really great at labeling the toys. They have a catalog for differently abled kids.“
“The holiday toy drive for children with special needs focuses on children with special needs between the ages of 0-3. Our goal is to collect new and gently used, unwrapped toys during the holiday season. These toys are then distributed just before Christmas to needy children with special needs in our community. We want all children to experience the magic and joy of the holiday season regardless of their abilities or socioeconomic status.
Providing the children with toys that are appropriate for their skill level and using them to teach new skills is also very important. Often times the toys needed to practice a skill are financially unavailable to the family, which is why the toy drive is so important in helping to serve as two functions: first as a holiday gift and second as a necessary therapeutic tool.
We consult with a team of professionals who work in the early intervention field to provide the best fit for each child. We just need your help with collecting the toys. Some of the best items to donate include nesting cups, blocks, stacking rings, shape sorters, puzzles, books, cause and effect toys, trucks, dolls, pop beads, lacing beads, yoga balls, and balance toys”
For more information please email: toydrivect (AT) me (DOT) com or call: (203) 764-1823