Banana Box

This film was made by Harrogate Video production Company

About the project

We officially launched this project in March 2020. The aim of the project is to provide educational and play toys to disadvantaged families to promote a child’s learning and development of social skills. 

It is estimated that 4.3 million children are living in poverty (CPAG). By feeding a child’s mind we hope to ensure that in the future those young people are not having to access the services and support that their families are.

Our boxes include stationery items for children to use at school and for homework, a notebook, age-appropriate book, game and a puzzle. We also make up specialist SEN boxes as almost 10% of boxes issued are for SEN children.

The Banana Box Toy Project is continuing to grow, and we now work with a number of organisations in Selby, Goole, York, Sherburn in Elmet and Micklefield to ensure that our Banana Boxes of toys reach those who need them most. We are also looking to expand into other parts of Yorkshire – volunteers / resources permitting.

Donations to this project would be greatly appreciated. £2 will purchase a stationery set and notebook for a child. £5 will purchase an age-appropriate book or a game or puzzle and £10 will purchase some sensory items for children with special educational needs and disability.

What people say

Spirit of Christmas is an amazing charity that helps and supports such a wide range of children in the area. When families are struggling to put food in the cupboards they definitely can’t buy toys, stationery and games for their children

Thank you so much to The Banana Box Toy Project for your donation of bears, we added them to craft bags along with lunches from our local Morrisons store. These bags have now been distributed within the local community, to children who might otherwise have gone without this Summer. We have had some lovely feedback from families and its been lovely to put smiles on children’s faces!

Thank you so much, I have five kids and would never have been able to provide this for them at the moment