The Ivy Street Family Centre, which distributes the toys, has spoken to social workers and other key staff to get an idea of the ages and interests of the children we're collecting for.
Their Amazon Wish List is the best indication of what to buy and of course we'd love you to shop local instead if you'd like. But the key things to know are we are only collecting new toys and gifts - we aren't collecting clothes or second hand toys. www.toyappealwishlist.com
Here's a little inspiration:
Babies: rattles, chunky colourful toys, shape sorters, wooden or soft toys, board books, mobiles
Pre-schoolers: crayons, pens, paper, crafty toys, books, dolls, vehicles, musical instruments, dressing up/role play
School-aged children: vehicles, footballs, craft kits, sports equipment, books, board games, puzzles, stationary, fashion accessories
We’re also collecting the following for Hackney Food Bank:
Mince pies, Christmas pudding, chocolates and biscuits, savoury snacks and crackers, jam, chutney, pickle, tinned ham, UHT milk, pasta sauces, tinned fruit and vegetables, porridge, instant coffee/hot chocolate and Christmas crackers.