With thousands of children and families gravely affected by the conflict in Ukraine, award-winning educational toy supplier Learning Resources has announced that it is providing support in ‘numerous meaningful ways’.

Along with financial aid, the company is sending educational toys and activity sheets translated into Ukrainian to help thousands of refugee children who are in desperate need of resources in their native language.

The firm is supporting relief efforts through United Hatzalah of Israel, a non-profit emergency response organisation aiding families fleeing the war in Ukraine with medical help, psychological support, supplies, medicine, and food.

Learning Resources’ UK office has also raised money for the British Red Cross serving Ukraine. Through employee donations and financial support, it is providing contributions totalling over £34,000.

A special projects team has also been set up to create local language, free educational activity worksheets, collaborating with partners in the UK and Ukraine as well as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. These partners have offered to help by translating and distributing the content, informing others of its availability, and supplying toy donations of their own. The translated worksheets will be available online and also delivered through local relief organisations serving in the region. 

“The war in Ukraine created a massive humanitarian crisis for thousands of families and children. Our team has a sense of urgency to offer meaningful support during this difficult time”

Learning Resources CEO Rick Woldenberg

Learning Resources CEO Rick Woldenberg said: “The war in Ukraine created a massive humanitarian crisis for thousands of families and children. Our team has a sense of urgency to offer meaningful support during this difficult time. With the help of our employees, partners, and local distributors – some of which are in Ukraine and the surrounding areas – we sprang into action. Our hope is to inspire others with our initiatives and support thousands of children and families who are in dire need right now.”

“We are so grateful to Learning Resources’ fundraising team,” said a representative of United Hatzalah of Israel. “We sent a chartered El-Al flight to Ukraine last week with thousands of pounds of medical supplies, and a team of volunteer medics and doctors, and were able to send 150 refugees to safety in Israel. The work the team is doing on behalf of Ukrainian children will enrich their lives forever.”

Taking this effort further, Centrum Metody Krakowskiej (a partner of Learning Resources in Poland) will be translating the educational activity worksheets into Polish for language training, and Learning Resources is encouraging customers in Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania to do the same. Centrum Metody Krakowskiej is planning language workshops for Ukrainian children, as well as special help for children with developmental disorders and autism. In certain border areas, local partners including Edu Class in Romania will distribute the translated worksheets and donate toys via non-profit relief organisations active in refugee camps.

Learning Resources is also working to send their toys to displaced families in the region. Sister company Educational Insights is supporting a private organisation that is sending a cargo plane filled with supplies for Ukrainian refugees. After hearing of this initiative, Educational Insights rushed to supply a range of language-free educational toys for this special mission. Other in-kind donations are being explored with European partners.

Rick commented: “It’s our mission to bring learning to life. This is what we do, no matter the circumstance or challenges we may face. Providing the translated learning aids, educational toys, and other donations is an expression of this mission. We could not ignore the call to action of the crisis in Ukraine and surrounding areas.”

The new educational activity worksheets will be available onwww.learningresources.co.uk

Learn more about the company’s campaign with United Hatzalah.

Donate to the British Red Cross DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

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