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Toys flow for kids affected by floods

FOR THE KIDS: Anytime Fitness owner Darrin Voss delivers toys donated to kids affected by the flood by members of the club. Damien Harrison, Ross Thorpe, Bailey Jennings and Kai Pais from the Tom Quinn Community Centre lend a hand to unload.
FOR THE KIDS: Anytime Fitness owner Darrin Voss delivers toys donated to kids affected by the flood by members of the club. Damien Harrison, Ross Thorpe, Bailey Jennings and Kai Pais from the Tom Quinn Community Centre lend a hand to unload. Max Fleet

SMILES will be sure to return to the faces of flood-affected children thanks to a kind donation from a Bundaberg gym and its some 700 members.

Anytime Fitness on Takalvan St started a toy drive soon after the floods hit late last month and, on Monday, gym owner Darrin Voss dropped off a carload of toys to The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre.

"I put up a Facebook post and put ads in the club because we wanted to do something for flood victims," he said.

"I set some toys up in a couple of big bins and members started donating toys."

Mr Voss said the response was enormous, with some members coming into the gym specifically to donate toys.

"The members were going next door to Toyworld and buying new toys," he said.

"I filled my station wagon up with toys - rocking horses, car sets.

"Some are secondhand, some are new."

Mr Voss said members had really gone out of their way to help out.

"It just shows the community spirit that's around in Bundaberg," he said.

"A big thank you to the members and other people who donated the toys."

Mr Voss said it was "heartwarming" to see how generous the community was and he felt assured The Salvation Army would be able to distribute the play toys to those who would need them the most.

"I think The Salvation Army has a good link to those who are most needy," he said.

Topics:  anytime fitness, floods 2013, toys, toyworld


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