Toy col­lec­tion a great suc­cess

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

Toko­roa City Lions has found new homes for the town’s preloved toys.

A col­lec­tion took place from May 17-19, to gather toys suit­able for all ages, to do­nate to chil­dren who lost things in the Edge­cumbe floods.

City Lions pres­i­dent Dex­ter Mor­gan said the col­lec­tion went re­ally well and ev­ery­one was ap­pre­cia­tive of what was col­lected.

’’Peo­ple are reg­is­tered as be­ing ef­fected by the flood or not,’’ he said.

‘‘If they are reg­is­tered as be­ing ef­fected then they are free to go and pick up what they like.’’

The toys are stored in a former su­per­mar­ket build­ing in Whakatane.

Mor­gan said a va­ri­ety of items had been col­lected and brought to the site, in­clud­ing clothes, books, linen and kitchen­ware.

City Lions mem­ber Talia Cooper said when they had ar­rived to drop off the col­lec­tion, there were only four toys re­main­ing in the build­ing.

About 2-3 cu­bic me­ters of toys were taken to Edge­cumbe, or to put it another way; ’’a whole trailer was full, plus the boot of the ute,’’ said Cooper

She said a man had ar­rived ’’as soon as we fin­ished un­load­ing, he walked out and he was so happy he got a fry­ing pan.

‘‘He said oh I got my fry­ing pan now I can cook my kai.

‘‘He was so stoked.’’

TA­MARA THORN

The col­lec­tion of toys that were taken to Edge­cumbe by the Toko­roa City Lions

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