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Toymakers spend the year preparing for festive season
AT THE time of the year when it seems everyone is busy exchanging gifts, for those less fortunate their situation can be far harder to swallow.
This is, of course, if generous community members didn’t spend the year making sure no one goes without.
And this is exactly what the hard-working team of Toymakers of Living Choice Kawana do best.
After a huge year last year, donating more than 200 beautifully hand-crafted pieces to the Salvation Army and children in need, the team has already been preparing for this Christmas for the last seven months.
Member of the group John Sutton said they started more than sev en years ago and the group had grown throughout the years.
“As time has gone on we’ve expanded what we make,” he said.
While they only have a small workspace, they make do to produce some remarkable designs, including everything from trucks and planes to cots, billie carts and children’s tables and chairs.
“We make things from small little push cars to big billy carts,” he said.
“We’ve made cots and bassinets and lots of other things with wheels.”
All items are then hand-painted by acclaimed artist and fellow Living Choice resident Brian Spencer.
The group works alongside the village’s craft group, which create all the bedding for the cots in between their work providing hand-made items to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Mr Sutton said the work was most beneficial for those involved as it helped to keep them busy and give back.
“We thoroughly enjoy all the time we spend putting it together,” he said.
Norma Lawrence, who has been a part of the group for more than five years now, said woodwork was something she had loved throughout her life.
“It wasn’t until I came here that there was an opportunity to get involved in something like this,” she said.
Mr Sutton said despite their love, all their work would not be possible without their generous donors who provided the majority of their resources.
“Bunnings give us quite a lot of timber,” he said.
“A resident also helps with getting donations of timber.
“We use a lot of consumables, so we need as many donations as possible.”
Other hard-working team members include George Humenik, Graham Hibbert, Don Lindsay and Kerrie Gasteen.
Last year toy donations filled the entire auditorium at the Salvation Army prior to going to their new home and this year Mr Sutton hopes they can do it all again.
We thoroughly enjoy all the time we spend putting it together.
— John Sutton
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: John Sutton and Danny Wise working hard on toys for Christmas.