Toko­roa col­lects toys for Edge­cumbe

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - LUKE KIRKEBY

The Toko­roa City Li­ons hope to put smiles back on the faces of chil­dren af­fected by Edge­cumbe’s se­vere flood­ing last month.

Around 1600 peo­ple were evac­u­ated from their homes when the town’s river flood wall crum­bled af­ter ex-trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie washed through.

As a re­sult some fam­i­lies have lost ev­ery­thing.

So from Wed­nes­day un­til Fri­day the Toko­roa City Li­ons are call­ing for peo­ple to do­nate good qual­ity toys which will be passed on to chil­dren in Edge­cumbe and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Toko­roa City Li­ons mem­ber Bar­bara Tay­lor said a col­lec­tion trailer will be sta­tioned in Leith Pl each day where peo­ple can bring toys to do­nate.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is do­ing the ne­ces­si­ties, the fur­ni­ture, blan­kets and linen, so we’ve de­cided to do a toy col­lec­tion for them,’’ she said.

She said all toys in good con­di­tion, ex­cept elec­tronic and bat­tery op­er­ated toys, were wel­comed and es­pe­cially toys for boys.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing will have to be laun­dered and sorted whether it’s clean or not, we have to do it, but it’s fair enough be­cause we are not un­der stress,’’ she said.

Tay­lor said things still re­main bad in the Edge­cumbe area.

‘‘I rang the Edge­cumbe Li­ons pres­i­dent and we had a long talk about the area and it is not only Edge­cumbe. They have got the burst river­bank but Otakere and Tanea­tua peo­ple were com­pletely rain flooded and they have largely been for­got­ten,’’ she said.

‘‘The pres­i­dent said they don’t ex­pect some of their peo­ple to be back in their houses un­til Christ­mas. Isn’t that aw­ful?’’

She said the Toko­roa City Li­ons will deliver the do­nated toys to the Li­ons in Whakatane as soon as ev­ery­thing has been sorted.

‘‘We will leave them there so they can do what they want with them be­cause they know their district and their peo­ple. Ev­ery­one is reg­is­tered with them,’’ she said.

‘‘The Edge­cumbe Li­ons will prob­a­bly com­bine with the Tanea­tua Li­ons to do what they need to do but we are not putting any re­stric­tions on them be­cause it’s for the kids, that is the point. Who knows what they have lost.’’

She said the trailer will be set up out­side Toko­roa Cloth­ing but she said she can also pick toys up if peo­ple let her know by phon­ing 021 071 0506.

If peo­ple can’t make it to Leith Pl they can also do­nate at Saint Mark’s by call­ing 021 258 6118.

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