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Gift Collection for The Smith Family Toy & Book Appeal

Verve Group is proudly supporting The Smith Family 2019 Toy & Book Appeal by hosting a gift collection at our Glenelg Office.

Each year thousands of children go without the joy of opening a present on Christmas morning, simply because their family finds themselves in a situation where they are unable to provide this experience for their children.

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal has been providing for children at Christmas time since its inception in 1922 when it delivered toys and sweets to an orphanage on Christmas Eve, and we’re excited to support The Smith Family in continuing this tradition. 

This year The Smith Family hopes to deliver 27,000 brand new toy & book packs to children living in disadvantage across Australia. If you have the means, Verve Group kindly asks that you donate a book and/or a toy to our gift collection by Friday 6 December 2019 at our Glenelg office; 1/609 Anzac Highway, Glenelg North SA 5045.

Verve Group will be volunteering at the SA collection as workshop elves, helping to sort and pack gifts for delivery. We'll drop off the gifts we've collected when we head in for our volunteer day.

Gift Giving Guide Your generosity is highly valued, and we appreciate the time and effort it takes to get a special gift for a child in need. It’s important to The Smith Family that your intention is honoured, so please read through the below gift giving guide before choosing your gift. 

Gift requirements:

Donations of new toys and books help The Smith Family ensure that they are of good quality and usable when they are opened on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, they aren’t able to accept second-hand, handmade or damaged items. 

Your gift should be ready to read or play with as soon as it’s opened on Christmas morning. When you’re deciding what to give, remember to include batteries if needed and colouring pencils for colouring-in books. 

No gift wrapping, please. While it may seem helpful to wrap your gift, this often creates problems in the sorting and packing process. It also means that parents don’t get to see or wrap the gift for their child. Unwrapped gifts only please! 

Gifts most needed This year The Smith Family has a shortage of gifts for children between 8 and 12 years of age. By donating a gift suitable for a child in this age group, you will help them meet the needs of many more families. Gifts such as board games, STEM and activity-based toys are always well-received. 

Items we can’t accept Unfortunately, there are some items that are difficult to sort and pack. Others may not be appropriate for a wide range of children. Repurposing these items costs money that The Smith Family prefer to spend on getting more toys and books to more children. You can help them reach more children by avoiding the sorts of items listed below. 

  • Breakable items such as glass or porcelain

  • Calendars and diaries

  • Candles and lamps

  • CDs and video games

  • Clothing including shoes, costumes and pyjamas

  • Food or drinks

  • Games suitable for adults (16+ years)

  • Toys that look like weapons such as guns and swords

  • Items that contain liquid

  • Promotional Marketing or branded items (items with company logos)

  • Religious items

  • Second-hand or handmade items

  • Sheets and towels

  • Toiletries, perfume and makeup

  • Large items such as bikes, hula hoops, ride-ons etc.

Try to keep your gift smaller than a school backpack.

Main points to remember


Verve Group will be collecting gifts from Mon-Fri during business hours, up until Friday 6 December 2019.


Verve Group Glenelg

1/609 Anzac Highway

Glenelg North SA 5045


Gifts for children between 8 and 12 years of age. Gifts such as board games, STEM and activity-based toys are always well-received. CONTACT PERSON:

Alice Brooks, Business Manager. (08) 8120 4877 -

Thank you in advance for your donation of a book and/or a toy in support of The Smith Family Toy & Book Appeal 2019!

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