Toy, craft drive a boost for sick kids

Published 5:00am 25 July 2022

Toy, craft drive a boost for sick kids
Words by Kylie Knight

The team at Richardson and Wrench Caboolture is spearheading a toy and craft supplies drive to bring smiles to the faces of children at Caboolture Hospital.

It’s their way of offering practical assistance in the lead-up to Jeans for Genes Day on August 5 – the same day they will be making their special delivery to the children’s ward.

Richardson and Wrench Caboolture Marketing Manager Jessica Chaidee says it’s the second year the real estate and property management agency has run the drive and comes after consultation with hospital staff.

“We reached out to them to find out what would be beneficial for them. They wanted something that would lift the spirits of children receiving treatment there,” she explains.

Jessica says there was a shortage of toys that could be given to children to enjoy while they were in hospital and take home with them.

Last year’s drive was so successful the team ended up with three carloads of toys and it took eight staff to carry them into the hospital.

|“They were donated by tenants, landlords, local businesses, members of the community, and staff and their families,” Jessica says.|

“We were surprised by the number of toys donated. One man wanted to do something to give back … he didn’t have any kids of his own and went to Mr Toys and gave them a budget of $2000. He bought two giant bags of toys. His was the biggest single donation.”

The team is hoping to collect the same quantity as last year, but also craft supplies so children can be creative in hospital and have a break from electronic devices.

Camp Australia outside school hours care is also collecting items at Pumicestone State School and Delaneys Creek State School.

These will then be delivered to Richardson and Wrench, so the team can include them in their delivery to the hospital.

“It’s great. People can take toys straight to the school and don’t have to come into the office at Morayfield,” Jessica says

Anyone wanting to donate money to the Jeans for Genes Day fundraiser can do so via the website.

Toy, craft drive a boost for sick kids
The Richardson and Wrench Caboolture team with last year's delivery at Caboolture Hospital.

Giving back to the community

Richardson and Wrench Caboolture also supported Caboolture Rugby Union Club’s fundraising auction for Black Dog Institute on July 23. Principal Scott Lachmund was the auctioneer.

Supporting the community aligns with Richardson and Wrench Caboolture’s values.

|“Anyone can sponsor a football team, but we believe community service goes beyond a logo on a jersey. We believe it means being actively involved in our community, showing up when it matters and making a difference,” Jessica says.|

“Our team at Richardson and Wrench Caboolture go above and beyond to service our community. While we do sponsor a local football team, we also do so much more.

“Our office has proudly and humbly donated over $1 million back into the community over our 28 years of business. From charities and community events to local schools and services, businesses, sporting clubs and more, we make a point of supporting and servicing our community when and where we can.”

To find out more about the Jeans for Genes toy drive visit the website. To sell, buy, rent or lease property, head here

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