Keeping warm and cosy in winter

Wednesday July 15, 2020 Written by Published in Local
From left: Mereina Herman, Moana Manuela, Grace Chynoweth, Mata Tangata, Mike Pynenburg, Jaewynn McKay, Carlene Pynenburg and Anne Herman. Front left: Orlan Evans, Tinirau McKay-Fox and Elijah Te Kani. 20071411, 20071412 From left: Mereina Herman, Moana Manuela, Grace Chynoweth, Mata Tangata, Mike Pynenburg, Jaewynn McKay, Carlene Pynenburg and Anne Herman. Front left: Orlan Evans, Tinirau McKay-Fox and Elijah Te Kani. 20071411, 20071412

This winter, some lucky kids will snuggle up to clean and soft cuddly toys donated by the community.

The Rotary Club of Rarotonga 9920 initiated the Toys for Kids project when the schools were closed down in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rotary member Jaewynn McKay said the community responded with many generous donations.

People have contributed many good quality toys, a bicycle, two scooters, games, puzzles, dress up outfits, books and more. All the toys and garments were wash and dried.

Rotary presented the donations to the Ministry of Internal Affairs yesterday to be distributed.

There are 3000 children on the department’s database throughout the Cook Islands.

Internal Affairs secretary Anne Herman said the toys will be distributed to large families - the Cook Islands family welfare is also involved in the process.

Herman said they are grateful to Rotary for coming up with the project.

“We can always give things a second life, reuse and recycle, and a blessing for the gifts will be held before they are shared out,” she said.

The ministry is also driving a ‘Blanket and Jacket’ campaign to help families in need this winter.

Whatever you can spare may help keep others warm on these winter nights. Blankets, pillows, linen, jackets, jumpers, shoes in adults and children’s sizes are all welcomed. Drop them off to the Ministry in Tupapa at the beachside entrance before Friday July 24.

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