On the 28th of June, Westcare recieved a large donation of handmade toys from the Taylors Hill Men’s Shed in association with Melton City Council.
Members of the Men’s Shed have been hard at work this year crafting the toys for the babies, children and young people living in foster care with Westcare.
The colourful, hand crafted and painted wooden toys, which included trains, pushalong carts, mini furniture and pullalong animals, will be delivered to children in foster care homes across Melbourne’s western suburbs this weekend.
Jodie Purton, Men’s Shed Programs Officer, said that the men’s work in making the toys was their way of giving back to the community.
“Initiatives like this give the men here, who are mostly retired, a real sense of purpose and right now they are all brimming with happiness to see the toys leaving the shed and going off to children who will enjoy them,” Ms. Purton said.
“Other projects such as doll houses and wooden mini kitchens are being worked on by the men and will be donated in the coming weeks and months”.
Captain Robert Champion, Westcare’s Chaplain, played a key role in setting up the donations from the shed, and was thankful for the men’s generosity.
“I knew the men were looking at giving back to the community in some shape or form, so I got in contact to throw some ideas around and the men suggested making toys for the children we care for,” he said.
“These beautiful wooden toys will provide a lot of joy to many of our babies and children who are away from their families this winter.
“I’m glad that that Westcare will have an ongoing relationship with Taylor’s Hill Men’s Shed and the Melton City Council.”
Thank you to Taylors Hill Men's Shed and Melton City Council for your generosity and thinking of Westcare's kids.
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