The appeal, which is run by family website StokeyParents in partnership with Location Location estate agency and the Local Buyers Club, delivers new toys each year to more than 2,000 of Hackney’s poorest families.
Oscar’s mum Jenny said: “We explained to Oscar that some children don’t get any presents at all – certainly not new ones and we asked if he’d be willing to share his presents with them. We talked about it over a few weeks. It wasn’t an easy thing for him to do but he wasn’t upset, just proud.”
After the party Oscar unwrapped all the presents and faced the difficult choice of which to keep and which to donate. Jenny added: “They were tough choices, choosing between an action hero and Lego – things he really loved.
“We went with my mum to Location Location to drop it all in. The Winter Toy and Food Appeal is amazing, it’s awful to know there are kids in our community who don’t have anything while others have everything and the appeal is a good way for Oscar to learn about giving.
“I’m keen for this to become a tradition; that each time we have a big birthday party we should share the joy. I am very proud of him.”
This year the Winter Toy & Food Appeal hopes to deliver new toys to more than 2,000 children in Hackney. They’re distributed to children in most need via the Ivy Street Family Centre via a network of social workers, refuges, hostels, children’s centres, schools, the Homerton Hospital and Hackney Food Bank.
Jenna Fansa, who founded the appeal, said: “Each year I’m moved to tears by the amazing generosity this community and compassion shown by our community. To hear of such amazing kindness from such a young child is incredible – we’re very grateful to Oscar and to everyone who supports this appeal.”
An Amazon wish list has been set up to make giving easier: www.toyappealwishlist.com (please deliver to the Ivy Street Family Centre) or you can give in person at our local branch - Location Location at 18 Stoke Newington Church Street or Askew Eyewear, also in Stokey, the Deli Downstairs in Victoria Park, L’epicerie 56 in Clapton, Bournes Fishmongers in Highgate or Vintner’s in Crouch End.
The generosity so far has been outstanding, but there is still has a long way to go to hit the target we hope to achieve!
The appeal closes on December 14th
It’s awful to know there are kids in our community who don’t have anything.
Posted 28th November 2017
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