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Selling My Toys to Help Syrian Refugee Children

Updated 10/14. Right now, I have raised $1300 to give Save the Children.  I've given that amount, and will continue to raise money. 

You can buy a toy directly from this website, with ALL proceeds going to Save the Children.

For the sake of transparency, you can see a receipt of that gift by going here:

First amount: $250; https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49214656/Screenshot%202016-09-27%2023.05.40.png

Second amount: $250: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6xf6x67lm4pcedm/Save%20the%20children%20donation%20two.pdf?dl=0

Third amount: $800: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49214656/800%20to%20save%20the%20children.pdf

 Don't want to buy a toy, click here and donate directly to Save the Children. 


UPDATE: When I first posted this, I was under the impression that I could designate my gift to Save the Children to go to toys. It ends up that I was wrong about that. But, good news is that gifts to Syrian kids are being doubled right now. So, I'm still giving to Save the Children, even though the money may not go to toys. I've also re-written this post to reflect this change. 

I own a lot of toys. And I'm not referring to toys my children played with. I'm talking about toys I've bought over the years for myself, or have been given. These are mainly SciFi toys, action figures, space ships, that sort of thing. They are all in great shape because, well, they've never been played with. OK, maybe they've been played with a little... For 99% of their lives, they've either stood on a shelf in my office or been packed up in a box in a closet. 

I'm a big fan of my toys. They're pretty cool. But, here's the thing, I don't really need them. I like them, but they aren't doing anything for me. I kind of feel like I'm hoarding them.

You probably know this, but there is a tremendous crisis going on right now in the Middle East. Syrian people are fleeing an impossible civil war. Here are some troubling statistics (via Save the Children):

  • 7.5 million Syrian children are affected by this horrible war. That's the population of Washington state.
  • 2 million Syrian children are missing out on school. That's the number of school-age children in NYC, LA and Dallas combined.
  • 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid. That's the population of Illinois, and double the population of Tennessee.
  • Approximately half of Syrians have fled their homes. Half of the country has been displaced. Can you even imagine?

I'm a full-grown man with two or three boxes of toys in my closet. And there are at least a million children living in refugee camps, and many of them don't have any toys, or other basic necessities.  

So, here's what I'm doing. I'm selling my toys. Every day, I'm putting a toy, or small group of toys, on social media. I'm putting a price on the toy, and the first person to comment "sold" gets the toy. I'm collecting this money so I can give it to Save the Children. 

Save the Children is a four-out-of-four star rated international aid organization. Despite the dangers, they have teams inside refugee camps in "Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to provide tens of thousands of refugee children and their families."

My hope is that I'll get toys and other needed help into these kids' hands. My other hope is that I'll raise awareness for the terrible humanitarian crisis. I'm incapable of doing much for these people. I can pray, and I can do this. 

That's what I'm doing. If you want to participate, there are three ways you can do it.

  1. Buy a toy. Follow me on twitter, facebook, or instagram. When toys come up, buy one.
  2. Sell your own toys. Hey you can do this, too. It's pretty cool. This could be a great thing for kids, to sell toys they no longer play with.
  3. Donate. Just go and give money directly to Save the Children, or any other charity you wish.

Thanks for taking time to read this. Blessings to you. 

Thomas McKenzie