Santa's helpers are busy

23:12, Dec 11 2012
Russell Ross and Doug Smeal
DONATION DELIGHT: Lions members Russell Ross, left, and Doug Smeal look at some of the toys Russell has made among just a few of the items already donated.

Help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas by donating toys that are no longer used or wanted.

The Whangarei Lions Toy Appeal is on again with toys, games and books collected at the Whangarei Central Library until December 17.

The club has been running the appeal for about 30 years.

Co-ordinator Doug Smeal says goods are given to about 15 groups that pick the items to best suit the families and children they deal with.

Benefactors include both women's refuges, Tikipunga Children's Home, Banardos and the hospital children's ward.

New and used toys, bikes, books and games are accepted, and the club is able to fix items needing minor repairs.

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Club member Russell Ross has been busy making toys to donate.

"As times get a bit tougher, it's harder to get good toys.

"That's one of the reasons I thought I've got time on my hands, I'll rip in and make something."

Ross has made 20 helicopters, 17 trucks and 13 dolls' cradles.

His wife Denise knitted clothes for the dolls and his sister Heather sewed the bedding.

Whangarei Leader