South Taranaki Star
A ton of toys has been offered to the Tedz for Kidz project, securing its ability to provide a small comfort to the region's abused children.
Started originally by Tauranga's Suzy Brown, Tedz for Kidz is a project designed to provide toys for children who come to the attention of police and Child, Youth and Family.
Carolyn Cragg, a formerly abused child who grew up to become an extensive charity worker, is launching the Taranaki branch of the initiative.
The Stratford resident has been stunned by the outpouring of support and love she has received by residents who had read about her plight in the Taranaki Star recently.
North Taranaki Community House Trust has committed as many soft toys as Cragg can collect to the project.
Others have offered torches, hand-made blankets and their time to help.
"It's been this huge explosion of interest and care and I'm just blown away," she said.
"There are so many people out there that genuinely do care."
Cragg hopes to be able to begin distributing the toys as early as May 23, but the supplies offered won't last long.
It is estimated as many as 80 toys a month will be needed to sustain the project.
NTCH Trust administrator Kath Jones said she had access to an extensive toy collection and wanted to donate as much as possible to the cause.
"When we heard what she was doing, we thought it would be a great idea to help," she said.
The trust has been working with Rotary to help local man Ashley Snowdon distribute his massive collection of toys and books.
They are sold "as cheap as chips" at the trust in Waitara as part of the project.
"She can take as many teddies and toys as she would like to have."
The soft toys and other supports would be distributed to the appropriate organisations.
Children who had been through forensic examinations, taken from
their homes or were in crisis would be given the opportunity to choose their own special friend from the collection.
The teddy became therapeutic for a child.
Some would love it, while others would use their teddy as an outlet for their pent-up anger and aggression.
Torches would help for those fearing the dark and the blanket provided a safe space to hide from a scary world.
A story book also given to the children would explain that they, and the objects they received, were safe.
To get involved or find out more search "4thekidz" on Facebook.