Men’s shed ‘elves’ make hand-made toys for kids in need

Buderim Men’s Shed President Barry Cheales with Dan Purdie MP and Sunny Kids Sue Gilbert and Riley Golden. The men from the Buderim Men’s Shed have been busy all year making handmade toys that have been donated to Sunnykids for their Christmas gift appeal. Photo: Contributed

THEY’RE a handy bunch the men who attend the local Men’s Sheds and the members at the Buderim Men’s Shed have been busy working away in their studio, just like Santa’s elves, making handcrafted toys that will be gifted to children who may otherwise go without this Christmas.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie praised the efforts of the men, who have been working on the solid timber toys throughout the year, for once again donating the collectors’ pieces to a local charity to benefit families in need.

“This is the second year the Buderim Men’s Shed has generously donated their handmade toys to bring joy to a young child at Christmas,” Mr Purdie said.

“It’s a really special gesture and indicative of how not only Buderim Men’s Shed, but our whole community likes to give back at this time of the year.

Mr Purdie said this year, they will be donating the toys to Sunny Kids, a well-known local charity that has been supporting vulnerable families on the coast for some time. 

Buderim Men’s Shed President Barry Cheales said members got just as much joy making the toys as they did knowing the difference it could make to a child on Christmas day.

“We’ve got quite a few talented members who thoroughly enjoy putting their craftsmanship to good use, and it’s just another way for us to show our support for our local community,” Mr Cheales said.

Sunny Kids CEO Kathleen Hope said the children would love the handmade gifts.

“We are grateful to the Buderim Men’s Shed for all the work and effort they have put towards making children’s Christmas just a little bit brighter this year.”

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