Non Profit Organization Helping With Free Toys in Boston

Age-appropriate toys have an important role in providing the stimulation necessary for young children's development, as well as contributing to the creative and enjoyable play that is essential to a happy and healthy childhood. For this reason, various non-profit organizations provide free toys for disadvantaged children. Many of these toys are donated by the public, others from corporate sponsors. Some specialized organizations offer toys all year round, as part of their commitment to improving disadvantaged children's lives and prospects, while other groups may offer free toys to those in need only annually, as holiday gifts.

  1. National Non-Profits

    • Many organizations work to ensure that no child feels excluded during the holiday period.
      Many organizations work to ensure that no child feels excluded during the holiday period.

      National organizations providing free children's toys include Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has several centers within Boston and they distribute Christmas gifts, food and clothing to low income families at Christmas. Toys for Tots, an organization run by the Marine Corps, has a Greater Boston Center. It collects donations of toys from October to December to distribute to families in need at Christmas. Greater Boston Toys for Tots does not take direct applications from families but instead, families should speak to their social worker, pastor or contact the Globe Santa and ask to be referred to the scheme.

    The Globe Santa

    • The Globe Santa has been providing Christmas gifts for children since 1956.
      The Globe Santa has been providing Christmas gifts for children since 1956.

      The Globe Santa is a non-profit organization forming the Boston Globe newspaper's annual appeal to provide Christmas gifts for children in the Greater Boston area. It collects donations from the public and runs fundraising events, using the money to buy gifts. The Globe Santa provides gifts for around 31,000 families annually. To apply for holiday gifts from the Globe Santa, you need to write a letter outlining your family's circumstances, contact details and the name, age and gender of each child in the family aged twelve years and under. All applications must be countersigned by a social worker or clergyperson who has knowledge of and documentary evidence for the family's situation.

    Room to Grow

    • Play has a very important role in the healthy development of babies and infants.
      Play has a very important role in the healthy development of babies and infants.

      Room to Grow is a non profit organization, with branches in Boston and New York, dedicated to providing ongoing help and support for babies born into poverty. It provides assistance from the first trimester of pregnancy until the child is three years old. At each three-monthly visit, the baby's developmental progress is measured by clinicians, and parents are offered information and support along with good quality items such as toys, clothing, strollers, bedding and other baby essentials. Parents in difficult financial circumstances with a desire and willingness to commit to and benefit from the program may be referred prenatally by hospitals, health centers and other organizations.

    Horizons for Homeless Children

    • With their own space, materials and encouragement, children can explore their artistic talents.
      With their own space, materials and encouragement, children can explore their artistic talents.

      This Massachusetts-based organization works to improve the lives of children growing up without stable housing. Its Playspace Programs work with staff and residents of homeless shelters to provide child-friendly areas, equipped with toys, books and art materials, so that children living in emergency accommodation have a place where they can play, learn and develop. The organization also recruits and trains volunteers, known as Playspace Activity Leaders, who staff the Playspaces and engage the children in educational and stimulating play.

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