Call out to re­cy­cle toys

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - ELEANOR WENMAN

Peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with re­cy­cling plas­tic and pa­per but not many peo­ple are used to re­cy­cling toys.

Up­per Hutt Toy Li­brary pres­i­dent Amanda Haste wants to tell peo­ple there is an al­ter­na­tive to throw­ing away old toys.

‘‘Peo­ple of­ten throw toys in the bin, but they’re bloody good toys,’’ she said.

As an ex­am­ple, she pointed to a Bar­bie Jeep the li­brary re­cently re­ceived. She said it was miss­ing a head­light and needed a fix but any­one with elec­tri­cal skills could pick it up and sort it out.

‘‘And that’s $40, $50 for us,’’ she said.

The garage sale is the li­brary’s main fundraiser for the year and it is look­ing for toys to be do­nated.

Haste said more vol­un­teers also wouldn’t go amiss.

‘‘It’s our com­mit­tee mem­bers - we need a quo­rum of four to keep go­ing, but we have three,’’ she said.

The li­brary was strug­gling to raise funds and mainly be­cause vol­un­teer re­sources were be­ing spread thin.

Li­brary com­mit­tee mem­bers were look­ing for some­one to vol­un­teer a few hours each month as a trea­surer. Haste said a back­ground in ac­count­ing wasn’t nec­es­sary - just a will­ing­ness to help.

‘‘You’ve just got to roll your sleeves up,’’ she said.

Haste started vol­un­teer­ing five years ago, when her youngest child, Max, was a baby.

She found she en­joyed spend­ing time at the li­brary and said it was a good way to ac­cess toys with­out hav­ing to shell out a lot of money for things her chil­dren would quickly out­grow.

The Up­per Hutt Toy Li­brary sale will be held Fe­bru­ary 25. Do­na­tions of toys (ex­clud­ing soft toys) are wel­come. Con­tact Amanda at up­per­hutt­toyli­brary@gmail.com

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