Toy do­na­tion makes things lots of fun At Open Door So­ci­ety

Af­ter flood, Chil­dren’s Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum passes along sal­vaged toys, ed­u­ca­tion tools

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - NEWS - ERIN PETROW

Fam­i­lies mak­ing a new home in Saska­toon will have some fun toys to play with when tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Saska­toon Open Door So­ci­ety (SODS) child­care cen­tres, thanks to the Nutrien Chil­dren’s Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum.

The mu­seum has de­cided to do­nate a num­ber of books, build­ing sets, cos­tumes, stuffed an­i­mals and pieces of fur­ni­ture to help fur­nish the SODS’s newly ren­o­vated child­care cen­tres af­ter the mu­seum was forced to close its tem­po­rary Mar­ket Mall lo­ca­tion in early Septem­ber due to flood dam­age.

“While we were sad­dened by the early clo­sure of our Mar­ket Mall lo­ca­tion, we sal­vaged a num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional items from the flood that we knew an­other non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion would ap­pre­ci­ate,” ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Amanda McReynolds Do­ran said in a state­ment.

“We hope that the chil­dren and fam­i­lies served by Saska­toon Open Door So­ci­ety will en­joy mean­ing­ful play with th­ese items, spark­ing cu­rios­ity, cre­ativ­ity and a love of learn­ing.”

The two non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions have a close re­la­tion­ship thanks to the part­ner ac­cess pro­gram that has hosted nu­mer­ous events for SODS chil­dren and their fam­i­lies in the past.

“We are grate­ful to the Nutrien Chil­dren’s Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum for think­ing of us as the re­cip­i­ents of items with ev­i­dent ed­u­ca­tional value. Go­ing for­ward, the chil­dren and fam­i­lies we serve will still be able to en­joy and ben­e­fit from their use. We greatly value our part­ner­ship with the mu­seum,” Ali Abukar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of SODS said in a state­ment.

The mu­seum is now with­out a phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion for chil­dren to ex­plore and learn un­til next spring when they un­veil their per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion at the for­mer Men­del Art Gallery.

Chil­dren at Saska­toon Open Door So­ci­ety’s Early Learn­ing Cen­tre in Queen Eliz­a­beth School have new toys thanks to Chil­dren’s Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum.

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