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Toys roll in for needy kids

SARAH CODDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013
Ross Richards

CHRISTMAS SORTED: Salvation Army Manukau service manager Ross Richards and Manukau Library librarian assistant Sara Jane MacQuibban with some of the toy donations.

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The toy collection box at Manukau Library is overflowing with donations of toys for the festive season.

It's been there just over a week and has been filled to the brim with toys twice.

The library is one of the official collection points for the Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas appeal.

Donations of new toys are distributed to families and community agencies that use the Salvation Army's services.

Manukau Library assistant Sara Jane MacQuibban says the library has helped with the appeal for as long as she can remember.

"A lot of the families don't have the funds to give their children what they want for Christmas.

"The donations give these families the opportunities for a good Christmas," she says.

Salvation Army Manukau service manager Ross Richards says his staff have been overwhelmed with the generosity they have seen during this season's appeal.

Libraries are always a great drop-off point for the toy donations because they are easy for everyone to access.

"People don't realise the great work libraries do within the community. As well as providing books they are also helping their surrounding communities," Mr Richards says.

Manukau Library and other libraries are still seeking donations of new toys for the collection.

Drop-off points for the joint Christmas appeal are libraries in Clendon, Papatoetoe, Manurewa, Otara, Tapu-Dawson Rd, Manukau city centre, at Mangere Bridge and Mangere East.

The Salvation Army office in Bakerfield Place, Manukau and the Manukau Courier reception at 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki, are also collection points.

Canned food and special festive food treats can also be donated.

The appeal runs until December 16.

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- Manukau Courier

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