Selling toys and raising spirits

Merina Foster is gearing up to hold a fundraiser for the Otūmoetai Toy Library, the first since the Covid-19 outbreak began. Photo: John Borren.

The group is hosting a fundraiser at the St John Anglican Church this Saturday, May 28, from 2pm-4pm, which will have a wide range of quality toys on sale.

People are advised to bring cash, along with a bag to carry the toys they are purchasing.

Otūmoetai Toy Library manager Merina Foster is not only hoping to raise money for the next wave of toys, but she also hopes to raise morale following a tough period with a burglary and two years without the capability to fundraise.

“The toy library hasn’t been able to hold an in-person fundraiser for over two years since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

“It’s great to be able to hold it again, we want to show people we haven’t been knocked down.”

Merina says that kids aged from six months old to 10 years old will be able to find something for themselves at the toy sale.

“There’s games, puzzles, ride-ons, building blocks, books; really something for all types of kids.”

The Otūmoetai Toy Library relies on fundraisers like this, along with some grants to keep its doors open to those who wish to utilise the facility.

“We used to do sausage sizzles at Mitre 10 and Bunnings, but at the moment they have said they aren’t able to do them until we are in the ‘green light’ setting.”

Merina says that selling toys at the church is the perfect type of event to have a clean-out, and prepare for new toys to be included in their collection. “We also hope to do some renovating soon,” says Merina.

“All of the money from this fundraiser will go directly back into funding the library.

“It’s going to be great to be able to get out there and meet people, and see what toys kids gravitate to.”

The Otūmoetai Toy Library has more than 550 toys that hirers can choose from.

The fundraiser is at St Johns Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otūomoetai, on Saturday, May 28 from 2pm-4pm.

Merina says people the fundraiser is cash-only, and buyers need a bag to carry toy purchases.

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