Toy collection a great success
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.’’
The collection of toys that were taken to Edgecumbe by the Tokoroa City Lions