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Toys for Smiles

Can you put a smile on the face of a refugee child in Jordan?

Za’atari and Azraq Refugee Camps in Jordan shelter more than 200,000 Syrian refugees of which over 90,000 are children.

Last year as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, the National Scout and Guide Fellowship UK collected nearly half a ton of toys in 161 boxes for refugee children aged 4 ‑ 10 years who have been forced from their homes in Syria.

This year the collection will be repeated with International Scout Active Support taking the Scouting lead in the “Toys for Smiles “ project, collecting toys for the Syrian refugee children in the Al – Za’atari and Azraq Refugee Camps Jordan.


The partners for this project are:

  • International Scout Active Support Unit – Berkshire Scout Enterprises Ltd (BSEL)
  • United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Aviation Without Borders (AWB) with a grant from the ISTAT Foundation
  • GIST

You can help by collecting good quality used toys, (listed below) for these children

Suitable toys: 

Bats – rounders, cricket,  table tennis Hoola hoops
Balls   Tennis and other similar size Cars, lorries, tractors etc.
Footballs and similar balls Jigsaws
Skipping ropes, Building bricks, plastic shapes
Lego and other building / modelling type blocks Cut out animals
Plastic toys /dolls Frisbies
Dominos, chess, checkers, snakes and  ladders and other board games Kites
Crayons, colouring books Animals, farm or zoo
Paper, pencils Spinning Tops


Note: No soft, fabric, stuffed or cuddly toys for reasons of hygiene. No war games. No toy guns or battery operated toys.

Details of how to package the toys and toy collection points will be available in the new year. We are hoping to send out the toys in February 2015.

To meet the cost of transportation of the toys from the UK to Jordan, we ask for a small donation of £5 per box. This will help go to meet the full cost of transportation.

Further information will be available in the new year if you have any questions contact Tim or Margaret Ellis, on 01252 409269 or email

Information about last year’s collection can be found here.

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