Craft­ing for char­ity a good way to fill in an af­ter­noon

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

For the past three years the crafty work of long-time friends Jan Brown and Fay Edgeler has ben­e­fited those in need.

And this year is no dif­fer­ent with the pair bring­ing in games and a box of toys to put un­der the Fam­ily Works Ti­maru Her­ald Christ­mas tree this week.

Some of the toys they made them­selves.

The friends have been meet­ing every Tues­day af­ter­noon to sew toys, mo­biles, and some­times make jew­ellery, most of which they donate to the re­gion’s char­i­ties.

Brown said the pair had started the meet­ings as a way to fill in time.

‘‘We had noth­ing to do on a Tues­day, and we thought we wanted to do some­thing, and it would be good to do some­thing to help any­one else,’’ Brown said.

Since then the pair have met every week to cre­ate items for those in need.

The ma­te­rial comes from an ever-ex­pand­ing con­tainer which they have amassed over the years, most of which has been sit­ting ‘‘do­ing noth­ing’’, Brown said.

‘‘Some days we’re right into it, and other days we’ll work on a jig­saw puz­zle be­cause we’re not able to con­cen­trate,’’ Edgeler said.

While they cre­ate the items to give to peo­ple, it also serves the prac­ti­cal rea­son of a de-clut­ter­ing ex­er­cise, when the ma­te­rial and items be­gin to take over the house.

‘‘Last year [toys] went to the ra­dio sta­tion. We only do it at the end of the year,’’ Edgeler said.

Both women felt the Ti­maru Her­ald Christ­mas tree ini­tia­tive was a great idea, but for Brown, it was par­tic­u­larly good as she works at The Crows Nest Op­por­tu­nity Shop, and comes in.

‘‘Some stuff is brand new. They haven’t even taken the cel­lo­phane [plas­tic cover] off.

‘‘There’s so many peo­ple that have got so lit­tle, and so much stuff is wasted.’’ sees ev­ery­thing that

JOHN BIS­SET/STUFF

Fay Edgeler, left, and Jan Brown with some of the toys they have made go­ing un­der the Ti­maru Her­ald Christ­mas tree.

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