“Razom for Ukraine” Charitable Foundation’s project Toy Drive provides the assistance to children from families of Ukrainian militaries who died or were injured during the combat operations. Our volunteers constantly monitor and collect inquiries from the families on-site and comprise a permanent base of mentees. RAZOM, together with numerous partners and donors in the USA and Ukraine delivers schools supplies, and Birthday and Christmas gifts.
The children of the fallen defenders in Ukraine are under constant stress. They are in dire need of help. As grown ups must understand that we owe them an unpaid debt as we could not save them from the horrors of war. The “RAZOM TOY DRIVE” team will do everything to wrap little children’s hearts with our warmth and love.
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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.
Preparing a child for school is a responsible and pleasant mission of parents. But when your husband is at the front and all the family’s funds are used to buy military equipment, then there is a problem with the purchase of school supplies. And if there are 5-6 children in the family, then these are considerable expenses that not every family can afford. For families of dead defenders, it is also an act of remembrance about them, which is always commemorated by widows. Therefore, we decided to support the families of our defenders in such a difficult time for all of us, by presenting the children of our defenders with everything they need for school.
Every child waits for his Birthday all year long. This is one of the most favorite holidays for them! Because they are waiting for gifts. Of course, we could not leave without attention and gifts those children whose parents are defending Ukraine or gave their lives for it. For their Birthday our mentees receive greetings in our group and a gift by a delivery service. Going to the post office to get a gift from “RAZOM TOY DRIVE” has already become a good tradition for our mentees.
Christmas holidays for children are a pure fairy tale that they are waiting for the whole year. Making miracles a reality is also the task of our project. When there were fewer children, they wrote letters to Saint Nicholas, and we tried to fulfill their wishes. Now these children have grown up and know that there are such wonderful fairies, who are called volunteers, and who fulfill their wishes. Therefore, we try to make children believe in fairy tales for as long as possible, and then in good people. Usually, our children receive a sweet package and a gift from us in the form of toys, clothes, educational kits or gadgets.
As part of the “Toy Drive” program, we provide assistance to the following categories of families:
◾️ Families of militaries died in the Russian-Ukrainian war;
◾️ Large families of participants in the Russian-Ukrainian war;
◾️ Families of combatants with disabilities of the first group.
If your family fits the above mentioned categories and you want to become a mentee of the project, then you need to fill in the application form of the candidate for participation in the program for each child.
Head of the “Toy Drive” program in Ukraine
“Toy Drive” project coordinator
Head of the “Toy Drive” program in the USA
Spokesman of the “Toy Drive” program
The number of mentees is 823
The number of families with mentees is 640