Making Christmas bright
Teddy bears, birds and even the odd zebra will be finding their way to deserving kids this Christmas.
The green skip bin set up at Mangere Bridge Library for the Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal has been filled to overflowing.
Two huge bags set up beside the bin have also been stuffed full of toys donated by generous locals.
The toys will be distributed to deserving South Auckland families and other community agencies that work with the Salvation Army.
Library manager Sue Waldmeyer says the library always sees a huge response to the appeal and this year is no exception.
"Last year we were phoning the Salvation Army every week for them to come and take the toys," she says.
Librarian Anjila Chand says many of the donors are older residents who put a special effort into making the kids' Christmas special.
"Some of these older people have a parcel to put in every year - they wrap it up and everything," she says.
With the calendar about to tick over into December, Ms Waldmeyer is expecting the library will see even more donations.
Many locals plan throughout the year for the appeal and eagerly anticipate the bins arriving, she says.
"One lady came in and she had a package with little soaps - she said ‘I've been buying something every week'.
"It's a fun way for people to contribute to charity because you can buy things you'd like to get - and then give them."
HOW TO HELP The annual Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal seeks donations of new or near-new toys because the Salvation Army doesn't have the facilities to repair old or broken ones.
Green skip bins for toy collection are in place at all libraries across South Auckland.
They're also at the Salvation Army offices in 16 Bakersfield Place in Manukau and at the Manukau Courier reception at 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki.
Cheque donations can also be posted to the Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau. All cheque donations should be made payable to the Salvation Army.