Sharing your toys and passing them on through generations means so much more when it's your first kitchen set. Here's something that ought to have ended up in Adelaide, but was donated to children in Ernakulam a year ago. Now with a completely new playgroup, a whole new group of children get to make cups of tea and more for each other! Think - is there something you could share today? Is there something you see lying unused you think some child somewhere could play with instead? Get in touch with us if you'd like to spread just one more smile today!
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