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Easter baskets need donations, Moosehorn to Winnipeg

 by Twyla Siple

Discovery Toys’ Easter basket drive donated 134 baskets to MAWS in 2017 and hopes to donate 200 this year.

Discovery Toys’ Easter basket drive donated 134 baskets to MAWS in 2017 and hopes to donate 200 this year.

Moosehorn’s Mandy Gall is helping Discovery Toys put together its annual easter basket drive for children around the province.

“This will be the fourth year that Discovery Toys has done an easter basket drive in Manitoba,” Gall said.
 
“In that time over 300 baskets have gone out to the 10 registered women’s shelters in Manitoba. With some of the additional baskets being provided to group homes in their program. This year we are excited to add Ronald McDonald House.”
 
Gall and two other Discovery Toy consultants, Melinda Ives and Tanya Rempel Pilat, will be assembling baskets at West Kildonan Collegiate, with the help of students, March 23.
 
Last year Discovery Toys made 134 easter baskets that all went to the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters. With this year’s addition of Ronald McDonald House to their charity list, their goal for 2018 is 200.
 
Donate by March 16
“We are requesting that donations be made by March 16 so that I can arrange to pick them up, or order items needed. We will be assembling the easter baskets on March 23rd and then distribute them to the women’s shelters around the province, and Ronald McDonald House in time for easter.” Gall said.
She has worked from home as a consultant for Discovery Toys since last August. In that time she has been providing educational toys to families, schools, childcare centres, special needs and therapy centres. She is also a registered nurse who works with schools developing care plans for children with special needs and a mother of a child with autism.
 
“This is what has drawn me to Discovery Toys. Their education and toys are perfect for not only my son with autism but my other small children to help them grow and become the best that they can be.”
 
Each basket will contain a toy, book and various other easter goodies. She is also taking donations of items that could supplement the baskets, such as chocolates or candies, self care items suitable for children such as toothpaste and bandaids, and floral gift-wrap and ribbons to wrap and decorate the baskets. She could also use more sand pails or other containers to be used as baskets.
 
“We like to use sand pails or containers (for older children) because (they) may not have a lot of space as they are (often) displaced from their homes,” Gall explained.
 
The shelters that MAWS has are in Winnipeg, Selkirk, Winkler, Steinbach, The Pas, Thompson, Dauphin, Portage and Brandon.
 
You can make a financial donation or arrange for donated items to be picked up by calling Gall, 204-302-1234 or email discoverytoysmandy@yahoo.com.
 
You can also message her Facebook group: Discovery Toys with Mandy.


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