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Monday, 31 October 2011

Turn on the Tap Appeal

Quite often we get requests to supply toys that are going to be used for a promotion or a display and we have had items shown on television programmes but I believe one of the most interesting has to be from the Harvest Committee of a Church Sunday School which required 50 of our plastic watering cans.

They informed us that the watering cans were to be used by the children to raise money at their Harvest Festival. Money raised would go towards the 'Turning on the Tap Appeal'. This is the re-launch of the campaign for clean water launched by Christian Relief and development charity Samaritin's Purse which originated four years ago. The aim is to give cleaner drinking water to the 1 in 8 people in the world who still don't have access to it and suffer from water-borne diseases.

I remember when I was around the age of ten visiting my grandparents who lived in an old cottage in the corner of a field not far from the village I lived in. They had no running water but there was a small spring which ran into a little hand dug pool across the lane from them.

From there they would fill buckets but when the spring ran dry in the summer my grandad would walk down through two fields to the river where he would fill a couple buckets and walk back to the cottage doing this several times a day. On the times when I visited them it seemed great fun to me having to trudge through the fields for buckets of water but I am sure my grandad found it tiresome and we had to stop every now and then for him to rest.

There were days we would take a picnic and sit by the river but we still had the long trek back up the two fields with the buckets of water and some weeks my grandad would do this time and time again day in and day out.

In our modern society of today this is almost unheard of and how many of us complain when our water is turned off for a few hours for a pipe to be repaired or they are frozen for a few days in the winter. We just expect to do nothing more than turn on a tap in our home and sparking clean water to come out endlessly every time.

Imagine walking several miles every day to find water and even the water you collected was more than likely to be contaminated and filthy. Imagine your children having to do this as well just so they had some water to drink. It doesn't bear thinking about.

Funds raised by the 'Turn on the Tap' appeal are directed towards the water and sanitation projects of Samaritan's Purse in Liberia, Mozambique, Niger and Uganda. Here broken boreholes are repaired, new shallow wells are dug, community latrine blocks are built and bio-sand water filters are provided for homes to filter their water.

Please spare a few minutes to watch the video and the next time you turn on your tap remember how fortunate we are.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan's Purse

Every year lots of our customers tell me they are looking for little toys to fill there shoe boxes for the Samaritan's purse operation Christmas child. The aim is to give a gift to make Christmas a bit special for children all over the

world experiencing war or poverty. You can be someones own personal Santa!

Simply find a medium sized shoe box, wrap it, fill it and send it. For more details visit the Operation Christmas Child website. I am often asked what items you shouldn't put in so here is the list:

  • No Food - especially chocolate - non-chocolate sweets are allowed

  • No medicine or vitamins of any kind

  • No war related items - toy guns, soldiers or knives of any kind

  • No clothing - some accessories are allowed

  • No fragile items - glass containers, mirrors.

  • No liquids - including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols.

  • No dangerous items - sharp objects, scissors or razors

  • No novels

  • Nothing of a political nature

  • No hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark - although they do provide knitting patterns for items that will be accepted on their website.

Blake will be making up a shoebox this year so I hope who ever gets his gifts like s bouncy balls because he is obsessed and I guarantee his box to be full of them.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Have A Spooktacular Halloween at Woodlands Theme Park

On Saturday October 29th from 5.00 to 9.00pm for one night only Woodlands is hosting a Family Fright Night.

There will be spooky ghosts and zombies around the park so be prepared!

Join Palm FM at Dracula’s Disco with the radio presenters organising games and competitions.

There will be interaction and activities that will make your hair stand on end as you brave the scary zones in the Woodlands.

If you go for the day you can stay for the evening for free! Entry after 4pm just £5.00 per person.

If you are looking for an outfit then click here to check out our Halloween themed products.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Best toys for an 8 year old girl

Here is my top five unique gifts for an 8 year old girl:

1. Friendship Bracelet Making Kit - £4.99
A classic craft kit for girls at a great value price. Girls will love making bracelets for themselves and their friends and when they run low on threads they can top up on different coloured threads so this kit can be used over and over again.

2. Swan Lake Jewellery Box - £15.99
This little girls jewellery box is simply beautiful and has a dancing ballerina inside. When the lid is opened the ballerina will twirl to Swan Lake.

3. Paint Your Own Russian Dolls - £12.99
A set of five wooden Russian dolls that have been left plain so that they can be decorated to anyones taste. After they have been painted they will look great in a girls bedroom.

4. Darling Rubber Duck - £6
The most glamorous rubber duck your likely to find, this rubber duck will make bath time more fabulous.

5. Wooden Flower Press - £6.99
A large wooden flower press will make an interesting gift that will inspire craft projects and creativity.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

Sequin Craft - £1.50, Hair Beading Kit - £2.99, Worry Dolls - £1.50
(below from left to right)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

A Successful Music Festival

Looe's first Making Waves music festival has been hailed a great success with an estimate of more than 2000 people flocking into the town on those three days.

The weather was glorious and it was only on the final evening that it began to rain but even that couldn't stop the enjoyment that was being had by all.

A musical parade took to the streets to welcome everyone to the event and as they walked around the town you could hear every kind of musical instrument and it was delightful to watch. Throughout each day the streets were full as revellers moved from one stage to another and in the evening all the pubs and restaurants done a roaring trade.

One of the big names was Roy Wood of Wizard fame and I can remember dancing to his music many years ago and hearing him brought those memories back! Was it that long ago I was wearing flares!!

I think there was an estimate of around 70 bands taking part in the festival and hats of to the organisers.
I am not sure if the cost of putting on the event was raised but I believe that it is not always about making money but showing what Looe can do and making sure a great time was had by all and I know that happened as there are talks already about next year with the first fundraiser being held.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

More ebay bargains from Toyday

We are trying to make some room for our Christmas stock downstairs here at the Totnes shop so we're having a clear out. The place where millions of people get rid of things they no longer want or need, but sure someone else will...is of course the most popular online auction and shopping website, Ebay!

2 packs of Ju
mbo Soldiers won on ebay for 99p!

A few people have grabbed some bargains this week. Including a brand new Retro Rubik's Cube usually £12.99, it was won for £1.63 and all it was missing was it's packaging! We have lots of packs of Soldiers with split packaging, but all in perfect condition. Someone won 2 packs of Jumbo Soldiers for 99p, instead of paying £5! There are still 4 listings for soldiers waiting to be won so come visit our shop toyday_clearance and get yourself a bargain. Keep an eye out for new listings being added in the next week!

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