Upper Hutt Toy Library seeks volunteers ahead of fundraiser

Nathan Hayward and Sophia Austin-Lincoln try out some of the toys at the Upper Hutt Toy Library.

Nathan Hayward and Sophia Austin-Lincoln try out some of the toys at the Upper Hutt Toy Library.

People are familiar with recycling plastic and paper but not many people are used to recycling toys.

Upper Hutt Toy Library president Amanda Haste wants to tell people there is an alternative to throwing away old toys.

"People often throw toys in the bin, but they're bloody good toys," she said.

As an example, she pointed to a Barbie Jeep the library recently received. She said it was missing a headlight and needed a fix but anyone with electrical skills could pick it up and sort it out.

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"And that's $40, $50 for us," she said. 

The garage sale is the library's main fundraiser for the year and it is looking for more toys to be donated.

Haste said more volunteers also wouldn't go amiss.

"It's our committee members - we need a quorum of four to keep going, but we have three," she said.

The library was struggling to raise funds and mainly because volunteer resources were being spread thin.

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"We just don't have the time."

Ahead of the fundraiser, library committee members were looking for someone to volunteer a few hours each month as a treasurer.

Haste said a background in accounting or something similar wasn't necessary - just a willingness to help.

"You've just got to roll your sleeves up," she said. 

Haste started volunteering five years ago, when her youngest child, Max, was a baby.

She found she enjoyed spending time at the library and said it was a good way to access toys without having to shell out a lot of money for things her children would quickly outgrow. 

The library has toys for babies right through to children aged 10. Costumes for superheroes and princesses were also available. Haste also found the library great for a kid's birthday party, especially its outdoor toys.

  • The Upper Hutt Toy Library sale will be held February 25. Donations of toys (excluding soft toys) are welcome. Contact Amanda at upperhutttoylibrary@gmail.com  

 - Stuff

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