It’s fair to say that our recent Toy Drive was an absolute smash! From classic board games and soft toys to reading books and kids crafts, the RMCC team were left totally overwhelmed by the sheer assortment of toys donated by the community.
Our Fundraising Intern, Jasmine, worked tirelessly throughout the whole donation drive to ensure it was a success! She first started to contact possible collection points in March and from there began to get the boxes ready and distribute them in April for collection. In May, it was time to collect each box and we were often left amazed by the number of donations. For example, when collecting from Holy Rosary Primary School, Jasmine, was met with an entire roomful of toys… far too many for her to bring back to RMCC’s Sunshine headquarters on the train!
There is no doubt that it takes a supportive community to provide opportunity, so we would like to thank the organisations who stepped up to be a collection points. In total, we had 12 collection points so we would like to thank the fantastic teams at Seddon Community Bank Branch, Phoenix St Children's Centre, Coburg North Primary School, Holy Rosary Primary School, Metropolis Bookshop, BeeKeeper Parade, St. Fidelis Catholic Primary School, Footscray North Primary School, Cummins Laverton, Angliss Children's Centre, Brenbeal Children's Centre and Footscray Library.
With around 1,000 toys donated in total, we will be giving the toys to families in the local vicinity to families encountering financial hardship. Already, more than 40 families have benefitted from the donations and if we’re honest we still have tons of toys left so this number will continue to rise! We look forward to bringing smiles to the faces of refugee and migrant children who gratefully receive the donations.