Soft toys, big hearts. IKEA Foundation, Unicef and Save The Children

by sesame on December 23, 2013

IKEA soft toys for education

We have finally wrapped up the school year for 2013. In just a few (what will feel like VERY short) weeks, after much rest and summer fun, I will be taking all three of my kids to primary school. The twins have their uniforms ready and while Gemma is still in the midst of missing her class and teacher from this year, I am seeing some cracks of excitement breaking through at the thought of being a fourth grader!

IKEA foundation soft toys for education

They are so lucky. Of course there are many reasons we are grateful for our lives, but today I am talking about be so very grateful at the chance for my kids to get a great education. They get to go to a safe school with passionate teachers where they are challenged to be the best individuals they can grow up to be. While my children might balk at homework and whine about making their own lunches, there are so many children who do not have those opportunities. I try to share that harsh reality with them so that they can be aware of the good they can do with the gift of this life they have been given. Let me take a quick moment of your time in this busy, crazy, blessed season to tell you about the way the IKEA Foundation is helping fix the situation for millions of children around the world.

Until January 5th 2014, for every IKEA soft toy or children’s book sold at IKEA, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 (approx. $1.50 AUD) to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children.

The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started in 2003, donations from the annual IKEA Soft Toy Campaign have totalled €57 million, helping more than 10 million children in 46 countries to enjoy their right to a quality education. 

If you already have a house spilling over with soft toys, you can still help buy “giving twice.” When you are in IKEA, purchase a soft toy and pop it in the donation box right there on site to be given to Australian children in need.

IKEA sent my kids each their own soft toy. They actually sent us 4 toys, but I let the kids choose their favourite and we are donating the extra one to charity. The creatures and princess we received are simply delightful and I have two (random variety from the current Ikea soft toy collection) sets to give away to Australian* readers. 

Thank you for sharing another beautiful year with me. I look forward to much more here on the blog in 2014… now that I will actually have a proper working week again (during school hours) for the first time in nine years.

*Contest open to Australian residents only. Contest closes on the 3rd of January, 2014. Winners will be chosen from the comments submitted and notified by email. Comments judged on content, creativity, & merit. No cash value, just the toys. The toys will be a random selection and not necessarily the same as the ones featured in this post. 

Disclaimer :: I received the toys for free, but am not paid to bring this post to you. As always (paid or unpaid) the thoughts expressed here on my blog are true and are my own.

Leave a comment below to Let me know one thing you are grateful for as we end 2013The top two most inspirational, moving and/or funny entries get the toys. 


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    Sandryte December 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I am grateful this year for my healthy parents and happy children!


    Gabriela December 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I am greatful this year for all the friends I made and for being able to wake up every morning, for being able to spend one more year with my aunt who has cancer, for being able to finally let go of my pain of losing my best friend to cancer too. For being able to heal scraped knees and wipe snot off my childrens’ face, to see them grow into the awesome people they are. I am greatful for being able to read about Rachel’s life and her family who bring joy and ( sometimes) tears to my face due to the experiences they live.


    Jess Frost December 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    The thing i’m most grateful for as 2013 ends is the tiny little life inside my belly. After 3 years of infertility, a tough IVF cycle and despite the 24/7 morning sickness, I’m so grateful for it all. Every symptom reminds me how blessed I am to have this little life. I can’t wait for all that 2014 brings watching this little person grow and finally getting to meet them.


    Ruth Hillman-Booth December 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    After separating from my husband last year and uprooting our life in London to return to Australia to be closer to family, I’m just thankful to have a happy 2yo son who knows he is loved, with a simplified but relaxed and enjoyable life by the beach.


    Ruth January 2, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I am grateful that I can look back on my “teacher of the year” moments and laugh, not cringe and berate myself, just laugh and see the funny side.


    bubble936 January 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I am grateful to have a supporting family and few real supportive friends who are with me everyday in my weight loss journey.


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