Two hundred underprivileged Sunshine Coast children will receive very special gifts this Christmas, thanks to the efforts of the Living Choice Toymakers at Living Choice Kawana Island.

The beautifully handcrafted wooden toys were presented to the Salvation Army’s Ray and Sue Sandberg, who said they would bring great joy to the many needy families they were assisting in the area. However, the toymakers said it brought them just as much joy to make them. The toys filled the entire auditorium and comprised a colourful range, from trucks, trains, tanks and planes to cots, billie carts, washing lines, children’s tables and chairs.

The woodworking group, which was originally formed by resident Digby Milne six years ago, currently comprises John Sutton, George Humenik, Graham Hibbert, Don Lindsay, Norma Lawrence, Kerrie Gasteen and acclaimed artist Brian Spencer, whose beautiful paintings illustrated many of the items.

Members of the village’s craft group also made bedding for the cots, dolls clothing and soft toys and took the opportunity to present $500 to the Salvation Army and $800 to a local program to provide chaplaincy services to local schools.

Several VIPs were on hand to congratulate the toymakers and craft group, including sponsors Howard Montgomery of Bunnings Caloundra, Fiona Dawson of Cabot’s, Jarrod Bleijie, State Member for Kawana, and Sunshine Coast Councillor, John Connolly. Village manager, Russ Dunstan, also presented the toymakers and craft group with a $1,200 donation, on behalf of Living Choice directors, Graham Hobbs and Ian Tregoning.

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