Old school gifts to brighten Christ­mas

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

THE handy Liv­ing Choice Re­tire­ment Vil­lage folks could have been mis­taken for elves with all the care­fully crafted wooden toys and knit­ted ted­dies on dis­play for its toy han­dover.

The Kawana re­tire­ment vil­lage re­cently had a func­tion in its leisure cen­tre to dis­play all the brightly coloured toys that would soon be gifted to chil­dren for Christ­mas.

John Sut­ton from the re­tire­ment vil­lage said the toys will head out west to­wards St Ge­orge and Lon­greach via St Vin­cent de Paul.

“They’re do­ing it pretty tough out there. There’s no toy shops out that way.

“That’s what it’s all about, we don’t see where the toys fin­ish up. We know they’re go­ing some­where to be ap­pre­ci­ated and that’s the main thing,” he said.

The great thing about wooden toys is that “they don’t need bat­ter­ies” and tend to have a long life.

The group have been mak­ing the toys for the last seven years, and this year they started cre­at­ing the chil­dren’s gifts right at the be­gin­ning of the year.

About “a cou­ple of hun­dred” toys were made to make a child smile on Christ­mas morn­ing and

Mr Sut­ton said it’s a great way to keep the group “out of mis­chief.”

P: CARLY CULLEN

GIFTS: Crafters Don, John, Graham, Norma, Barry, Ge­orge, David and Danny.

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