Pictured before the $1,500 ‘toy grab’ at The Warehouse are from left: Robyn Mears, Magenta Tucker, Fiona Morland from the Rolleston Toy Library, Ayyam and Chris O’Brien from Storage King, and Jim Ralfe from The Warehouse

Big boost for toy Library

by Mike Isle

Rolleston’s fledgeling toy library has been given a major boost by two local companies.

Chris and Ayyam O’Brien from Storage King Rolleston and The Warehouse Rolleston have together given the library $1,500 worth of new toys.

The president of the toy library organising committee Fiona Morland said she and her committee were thrilled by the generosity of the two companies.

“Chris and Ayyam had already come on board with the free use of one of their storage units for two years and now to have them and Jim Ralfe from The Warehouse Rolleston get together with this toy donation is fantastic.”

Fiona Morland said they were given free rein to select $1,500 worth of toys in a ‘toy grab’ from The Warehouse. Among the toys collected were ride-on cars, Little People castles, Hot Wheels sets, dolls and accessories.

“It was great fun selecting the toys, even for we adults,” Fiona said. “It was like all our Christmases had come at once.”

The Rolleston Toy Library is expected to be open in time for Christmas.

Initially, it will be an online service offering toys on loan from a centralised hub at Storage King. However, the organising committee is looking for a store-front facility to display the toys and to be a pick-up point. Anyone with that kind of space available is invited to contact the library on rollestontoylibrary@gmail.com or 027 934 4196.

It is the first toy library in Rolleston, though toy libraries have existed in New Zealand since 1974. An early patron of the Toy Library Federation was British comedian Spike Milligan.