Mindarie couple donate hundreds of handcrafted toys for Christmas appeal

Wanneroo rangers Graham and Andrew, Mayor Tracey Roberts and councillor Natalie Sangalli collect toys from Selwyn and Sue Anderson, which will be distributed as part of the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal. Picture: City of Wanneroo
Wanneroo rangers Graham and Andrew, Mayor Tracey Roberts and councillor Natalie Sangalli collect toys from Selwyn and Sue Anderson, which will be distributed as part of the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal. Picture: City of Wanneroo

A MINDARIE couple donated hundreds of handcrafted wooden toys and accessories to families this Christmas.

Selwyn and Sue Anderson donated toys and accessories made in their workshop to the Wanneroo Mayor’s Christmas Appeal and women’s refuges.

The couple have been making toys for 21 years and have shared the gift of giving with more than 5000 children in that time.

Mr Anderson makes the toys from donated wood off-cuts and wooden furniture, and decorates them using paint sourced from the Tamala Park Recycling Centre.

Mrs Anderson makes cot mattresses, crochets blankets, and sews dolls clothes.

“We used to make up to 300 toys per year but now we are older that number has dropped to 200,” Mr Anderson said.

“As well as donating to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, we distribute toys to children who are staying at women’s refuges.

“It is very rewarding and keeps us young at heart.

“We believe all children should be given a chance to have toys, especially at Christmas time.”

Mayor Tracey Roberts visited their workshop in early December to thank the couple for their donation of handcrafted wooden toys and accessories to local families this Christmas.

“I am astounded by the generosity of Selwyn and Sue, who make toys year-round to bring Christmas cheer to local families,” she said.

“Their beautiful donations of dolls cots, dolls highchairs, stools, toolboxes and garages will be treasured by the children who receive them and I am so grateful and proud to have people like Selwyn and Sue in our community.”

Donations for the 2019 Mayor’s Christmas Appeal have closed but companies, schools and community groups interested in hosting a collection point next year can call the City on 9405 5000.

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