Wimmera Woodturners Guild donates toys to migrant children

WORTHY DONATION: Red Cross national community programs head Kerry McGrath collects toys for migrant families from Wimmera Woodturners Guild members. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

WORTHY DONATION: Red Cross national community programs head Kerry McGrath collects toys for migrant families from Wimmera Woodturners Guild members. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Wimmera Woodturners Guild has donated toys to migrant children through the Red Cross.

Red Cross national community programs head Kerry McGrath said the toys made by the guild would go to families who were either seeking asylum or were affected by migration.

She said the donation was part of a national program.

"They are going to good homes and people from around the world will benefit from this donation," she said.

It is the second time the guild as donated toys to the charity.

The latest donation included hundreds of wooden toys.

"We are going to need a trailer to take them all," Ms McGrath said.

She said the Red Cross was grateful for the donation.

"It is a great cause and a great connection between us and the woodturners," she said.

"They are passionate about what they do and good at what they do - it's a great skill."

Guild president Bryan Loats said it was good to know the toys were going to a worthy cause.

"We've been doing this for 15 years but we stopped for about 12 months because we didn't have anywhere for the toys to go," he said.

He said the group would continue to make toys.

Mr Loats said the guild was looking for more members.

"We are running out of numbers - we used to have about 50; now we are down to 20," he said.

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