toy story

toy story

Thanks to ToyBox International, children in a Melbourne hospital had their days brightened with a very special delivery.

Spending most of your time in a hospital bed would grow tiresome for even the most patient adult, let alone a young child. Although most hospitals have activity areas for youngsters to visit, there is still nothing more exciting than brand new toys. And that’s exactly what the kids at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) got – thanks to ToyBox International.

ToyBox recently gave the people of Melbourne the chance to donate toys to sick children, with a charity toy drive. Melburnians, as well as corporate partners Rockstar Bowling and Uecomm, showed their generosity, donating toys to the RCH. But it definitely wasn’t your average delivery, with Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell lending a hand.

The charitable beauty queen visited the RCH on behalf of ToyBox to deliver the toys, and to have a chat and take some photos with the kids.

“Visiting the RCH and delivering toys to children on behalf of ToyBox International was one of the highlights of my year,” Jesinta said. “The smiles on the kids’ faces was better than any material gift anyone could get me for Christmas.”

ToyBox also purchased new toys for the young patients to use with their therapists. Play helps children have positive experiences during their hospital stay, as well as distract them from pain and treatment.

“Hospitals can be difficult places for young children to be, with strange faces, different routines, strange beds and equipment and unfamiliar surroundings,” said Lauren Stewart from the RCH.

“Anything that can act as a distraction, such as play, can be extremely beneficial to a child’s recovery. Special visits like Jesinta’s are a unique treat for our patients and are a very welcome break from life in hospital.”