GAVEL GIVER: Alex Stuart had Mayor Denise Knight, Coffs Coast Apex Toy Library president Bryony Horton (nursing Hayden), treasurer Beryl Sharp and secretary Kim Stuart (nursing Isla) in stitches when he mistakenly thought the mayoral gavel was his to play with.
GAVEL GIVER: Alex Stuart had Mayor Denise Knight, Coffs Coast Apex Toy Library president Bryony Horton (nursing Hayden), treasurer Beryl Sharp and secretary Kim Stuart (nursing Isla) in stitches when he mistakenly thought the mayoral gavel was his to play with.

A donation for the kids

THE volunteers who run the Coffs Coast Apex Toy Library will be off on a shopping spree after a $1000 donation from Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight.

Cr Knight was delighted to dip into her donation program to support the library, which does so much to support local families.

"I'm very lucky as mayor to be given a small fund that lets me make some small donations to local worthy causes and I'm absolutely delighted to be able to contribute to the toy library," she said.

"The library is such a great idea. Not everyone can afford to buy the latest toy or a new bike for a growing child every six months or so.

"Plus many people want to be able to offer their kids lots of new stimulation through toys and games without breaking the bank or cluttering up their homes with discarded toys their littlies have grown out of.

"It's also a great resource for local playgroups."

The Coffs Coast Apex Toy Library is a not-for-profit enterprise run by volunteers that has been helping local families and playgroups provide toys and fun for their children since 1983.

It offers to lend everything from board games, puzzles, bikes and trucks to toy kitchens and washing machines.

Membership is available for six or 12 months, with discounts for volunteers/grandparents and health care card holders.

Coffs Coast Apex Toy Library Inc is located at Shop 12/78 Bray St Shopping Complex. It is open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm. Phone 6652 7986.

The mayor's donation is from a sum of $9700 that is available for discretionary donations by the mayor through the Donations Program, which this year has given $129,513 to local charities, organisations and community groups.



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