Hello, my name is Toby, and I'm five years old. I have written a letter to every country in the world, but I'm still writing. AI am writing to anybody who can write back, but many people can't even buy a stamp, they can't even buy food! So, in a lot of countries, I'm writing to people who are there to help, like disaster specialists, and people who work for charities. ShelterBox help by sending special boxes to countries where people need them. You even get a number for your box and can see where it goes to help people! A ShelterBox has lots of things in it to help a family, like a tent and tools, and things to make the water clean, and even toys for children.

A whole box costs £590, and at first, that was my target. But then so many people helped, I now want to raise as much money as I can, but the target is for five boxes. Maybe you'd like to sponsor me for writing to the world, but I'll do other things as well - I've done a raffle already. 

You can read about my project at

Thank you for helping me help people! Bye, Toby

Updates 10

Toby is still writing! To date, there are 370 letters, and he has nearly covered all US States, Canada Provinces and Territories, and Australian Territories. Does anybody know anyone in Nunavut, by any chance??

06/03/14 10:18

Thank you for all the amazing donations - Toby is now working on his fourth box! With the typhoon in the Philippines, Toby is very much aware that bad things happen to real people all over the world, and our thoughts are with those affected.

14/11/13 09:24

Toby has written to the world!! Thanks to the help of so many people, he has achieved his goal - but he says he doesn't want to stop! He asked me to update his target to "as much as possible" - since that doesn't work, we've set it to five boxes for now. Thank you for your help!

27/10/13 10:20

Thank you so much for continuing to help Toby - Toby was on BBC World Service, so a special thank you to all listeners finding their way here!!

27/09/13 07:01

Toby is half way towards his third box - thank you so, so much for your generosity!

22/09/13 21:06

Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 1096479

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families around the world who are affected by natural and manmade disasters. To respond to a disaster as quickly as possible we can never accept location or time specific donations.

Donations 90

Because you help so many people to learn about the world!

Donation by Anonymous on 06/03/14

Zeugnisgeld ;o)

Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/14

Thought I might give a bit here as well.

Donation by Katrin on 31/01/14

20,00 €

Good job Toby! Carry on!!! In memory of Hazel Thornthwaite.

Donation by Peter & Colette on 24/12/13


Fröhlichen Nikolausi :o)

Donation by Anonymous on 06/12/13

Toby's craft fair efforts - thank you so much to the organisers who decided to match his stall takings (this is both combined) :)

Donation by Anonymous on 27/11/13


+ £58.00 Gift Aid

Great project! For the Philippines.

Donation by Hugh on 13/11/13


For helping the people in need. Thank you Toby for reminding us that' we're all living on the same planet :o) xxx

Donation by Katrin on 12/11/13

From Mummy, let's make it Box Number 3.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/11/13


+ £2.12 Gift Aid

Odds and bits and pieces from the fair.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/11/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

To a fantastic little boy, you have achieved your target, congratulations! In light of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, I was thinking of you and Shelterbox. I hope this can go to those in need.

Donation by Hannah Tankard on 09/11/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 08/11/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Toby, I am so glad you educated me about Shelter Box and wish you all the best as you support more and more of them!

Donation by Barbara Gilfillen on 30/10/13

Toby, you have touched the world in ways you can not imagine. God bless you for making this world a better place to live in for others who have so little.

Donation by Ellen on 18/10/13

Well done Toby!

Donation by Juliette on 18/10/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Toby, you are amazing (and so is your Mum!) Well done!

Donation by Madeline on 18/10/13


To a wonderful boy for a wonderful cause.

Donation by Claire Morris on 12/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

From Nan!

Donation by Anonymous on 27/09/13


Hi Toby, we heard about you on the BBC World Service today in Lusaka, Zambia (we are exploration geologists). We were inspired by your story and wish you the very best of luck! Amanda and Barry

Donation by Amanda and Barry on 27/09/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hi Toby, I heard your voice on BBC. Instead of listening to all the challenges world faces, it was amazing to hear your voice of contribution to reach out. Your compassion is truly appreciated.

Donation by Santosh Limaye on 27/09/13

Toby - I heard about your letter-writing project on the radio tonight. Keep up the good work!

Donation by Jennifer (from Seattle, USA) on 27/09/13


Hi Toby, as I don't know if I'll find any fossils in Iceland I'll donate a bit for your cause instead. Take care! xxx

Donation by Katrin on 26/09/13

Just keep 'Passing it On' young man. You are inspirational.

Donation by Stanna Wieclawska on 25/09/13


In honor of Toby, a little boy with a big heart.

Donation by Valerie on 25/09/13


It is a great action, and a great initiative Toby! I hope you will learn a lot about countries in the world! take care

Donation by Aurélie on 24/09/13

10,00 €

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,406.73
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,406.73
  • Gift Aid£173.12

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