I’m sure we aren’t the only house which seems to end up with a completely insane number of cuddly toys. of course, owning a toy shop hasn’t helped, nor has the ‘tradition’ of a new animal each at Christmas every year (that mounts up in a family of this size!) and it does seem that family member resort to soft toys when they can’t quite think what else will do. 13 years of babies and birthdays mean we have a huge mountain of cuddlies. It’s not that long since I took bagfuls of them to a charity shop, but the girls have got wise since and anyway, they LOVE so many of them. The list of attachments to stuffed bears and cuddly cats is quite endless. I sometimes wonder how Josie or Amelie actually sleep in their beds, they have so many ‘friends’ in their with them 🙄
When the Persil Pass on the Love campaign got in touch, I thought it was a good opportunity to try and relieve the pressure on the ‘fit to bursting’ blanket box where toys go to see if anyone remember them in a years time.
Launched by Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley at Camp Bestival this year, the picnics are a way to get kids out and socialising with friends, sharing their bears and passing them on if they need a new home. Jo and Persil encouraged any bears left at the end of the day to be sent on to Oxfam so they can be given to children who are in need of toys. Everyone wins 🙂 Some houses get less toys (hurrah!) and some get much needed ones, people get to picnic and play in the great outdoors and a charity also benefits.
If you’d like to donate any cuddly toys to be passed on, you can find your local Oxfam shop here. It would be great if you could make sure the cuddlies are washed in advance. We were fortunate to be sent a free hamper from Persil and it included some 2in1 Persil Comfort as well as a rather cute cuddly toy rabbit that Josie has decided will be for our new baby. In fact, the Comfort has provoked the washing of rather a lot of toys, not just ones destined to be swapped! Everyone is softer 😉
We held our own picnic with a couple of the girls’ friends (not in the pic) in our garden as we were a bit car-less and poorly that week. These are favourite toys in the picture, but we did find some to swap too 😉 it was fun 🙂
Persil have kindly offered to send three of my readers a hamper too; that’s it, pictured on the right. It’s rather lovely and has goodies inside 😉 If you’d like to win one, leave a comment and I’ll draw three random winners on Saturday morning.