It might be fabric, packaging or carpet samples — kindergarten teacher Courtney Wilson has started the ball rolling and is collecting odds and ends to help childrens’ services source resources.By Kerri Thomson
Courtney Wilson started a community page on Facebook because she felt there was a need to help find items for care facilities.
‘‘I’ve created the concept myself, specifically orientated for local kindergartens, long day care centres, family day care services and child care centres,’’ Ms Wilson said.
The process enables people and businesses to donate and post photos of suitable items they no longer require, which childrens’ services may be able to use.
‘‘I am looking for support from local business to support the page,’’ she said.
‘‘They throw away a lot of what they call rubbish, that we could use in services.’’
According to Courtney, the most random things, such as packaging and paper, can be utilised and a recent donation of paper, ideal for easel painting was spread across several centres via the page.
‘‘We use so much paper and it is expensive,’’ Ms Wilson said.
‘‘I posted a dinner set and a service claimed it to restock their kitchen and a coffee table was snapped up by a kinder.’’
The donated goods are only available to childrens’ services and the parties liaise directly between each other to organise collection or delivery.
‘‘The page is for the benefit of the kids and families who use the services because funding is limited.’’
■ For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GvRecycledBitsNPiecesForChildrensServices
■ Fake grass off cuts
■ Wood scraps/shavings/sawdust
■ Kitchen utensils
■ Furniture (tables, shelves)
■ Pots and plants
■ Gardening items/tools/bird house/seats
■ Childrens books
■ Photo frames
■ Carpet samples
■ Old tiles
■ Electrical wheels
■ Paint colour charts
■ Wooden fruit bins
■ Mosquito nets
■ Household items for kids’ home corner
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