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Can you provide a Christmas toy for kids in care?

Team Escobar in Regents Park has sought help from the community to provide toys to children who would otherwise not receive a gift this Christmas.

After the success of last year’s Christmas toy appeal, Team Escobar reached out to Browns Plains Child Safety Centre once again to help provide gifts to kids in care. 

Claudia Escobar came up with the idea of coordinating a toy appeal in 2020 after speaking with a family member who works in Child Services.

“Last year somewhere around August, she was telling me how much they struggle to get toys for the kids that are in care,” she said.

Mrs Escobar contacted Child Safety Browns Plains to put forward the idea of running a community toy appeal.

“They were extremely happy and welcomed the idea to do it,” she said.

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Team Escobar from Natgroup – Rebecca, Claudia, and Samuel.

Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to provide a brand new gift up to the value of $20 for children between 0-16 years old.

Gifts can include toys or items such as handbags and sports equipment for older children.

“It is really amazing to see in the community how much they are willing to help and how much they are willing to give, especially during the Christmas period when everyone is busy with life,” Mrs Escobar said.

“It is also good to see the number of businesses that put their hands up to say ‘we’re happy to collect the toys for you guys.’ ”

Samuel Escobar said members of the 4118 Neighbourhood Facebook group were amazing at responding to needs in the community such as this one.

“The second we put a call out to the neighbourhood, straight away people are into it,” he said.

“Obviously we don’t see the smiles on the faces of these children, but just thinking that a single footy ball can make them happy and put a smile on their faces – that’s what it’s all about.”

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2020 Christmas Toy Appeal.

Division 8 councillor Jacob Heremaia said the donations would have a great impact on those who receive them.

“One small gift could change a child’s life this Christmas,” he said.

Division 7 councillor Tim Frazer delivered toys to many children while working at the Logan Central Child Safety Office two years ago.

“The children and the carers were extremely grateful for the gifts,” he said.

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Chris Benson, Unsplash

Donations of toys must be dropped off at one of the following locations by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021.

 

  • Team Escobar, Regents Park

(Direct message Team Escobar via Facebook for the address.)

 

3/65-67 Grand Plaza Drive, Browns Plains 

7 days a week, 9:00am – 4:30pm

 

7 days a week, 4:00pm – 9:00pm

 

7 days a week

 

824 Browns Plains Road 11:00am – 6pm

 

Presents must not be wrapped as each toy will be hand-selected by the child’s case worker, but gift bags are acceptable.