Toy Drive provides assistance for displaced people, orphans, and families of Ukrainian military who died or were hurt in action. Our volunteers in Ukraine learn about the needs on the ground and pass the information on to us. Razom, with the cooperation of numerous partners, then organizes Toy Drives around the U.S. and mails package with humanitarian aid to the families.
Razom’s earliest efforts involved fundraising to deliver clothing, food, and protective implements to the protesters in the Maidan throughout the winter of 2014. Our humanitarian projects have evolved to adapt to the changing needs and situation in Ukraine. Our methods, however, remain the same. With participants both in the United States and in Ukraine, we hope to identify areas of need where we can provide materials, supplies, or expertise. Toy Drive was one of the first Razom projects, started in May 2014.
Toy Drive for the Children of Fallen Heroes is an initiative carried out by Razom volunteers to render aid to families of Ukrainian military who died in action. We are collaborating with Волонтерська Сотня, Допомога Дітям Героїв, Майбутнє України and Логістичний штаб to identify potential donors, assemble care packages in the U.S. and deliver them directly to the families.
The war has brought tragedy to many Ukrainian families. Soldiers are giving their lives for Ukraine — for peaceful skies above their homeland. The least we can do is take care of their families. Our volunteers in Ukraine meet with the families to learn about their needs and pass the information on to us. Razom, with the cooperation of numerous partners, then organizes Toy Drives around the U.S. and mails package with donations to the families.
Our volunteer’s care packages have reached hundreds of families all across Ukraine and a number of orphanages. We tend to focus on two main drives, School Toy Drive before the school year starts in September, where we fill new backpacks with supplies that the kiddos would find useful and fun and St. Mykolai Gifts Drive, where we make sure families have toys and warm clothes to celebrate the holiday.
In addition to sending supplies, Toy Drive also ensures that families receive the support that they need. We’ve organized fundraisers to support Lviv Education Foundation’s Big Brother program, which offers mentorship to kids whose fathers have been affected by the war in eastern Ukraine. We’ve also organized a letter writing campaign where kids from New York wrote letters and postcards to their peers in Ukraine with festive wishes and offers of friendship.