GIFT FROM THE HEART: Michael Kempshall, 3, and Max Skipper, 7, with some of the toys they are giving to tsunami victims.
GIFT FROM THE HEART: Michael Kempshall, 3, and Max Skipper, 7, with some of the toys they are giving to tsunami victims.

CHILD?S PLAY, Youngsters pitch in for tsunami relief

By EMMA CORNFORD

TWO ILUKA kids have joined in the effort to help those affected by the Asian tsunami, donating their toys to children in the affected region.

Three-year-old Michael Kempshall and seven-year-old Max Skipper both decided to give away some of their toys after seeing the devastation in Asia.

Max said he hoped his toys would be able to make some children in the affected areas 'a little bit happier'.

"It's such a big area where it happened and the force of the wave was just tremendous and I just don't feel good about so many people dying and everyone's split up and some people have even been washed to different countries," Max said.

"I think it could make them happier when they feel like they have something to cuddle up to."

Max's mother Deby Cann said her son had phoned the organiser of the appeal in Iluka and arranged the collection of the toys himself.

"I was at the local shop and I saw the notice and told Max about it and when he found out he could give some things away he couldn't wait to do it ... so he called Ray who's collecting the toys up here and did it all himself," Ms Cann said.

"He's been really concerned about the whole thing (so) he was really keen to do it."

Michael Kempshall's mother Debbie Kempshall said her son had learnt about the disaster from the TV and decided to try to help.

"He saw it on the TV and he said he wanted to give his toys to the boys and girls who had lost their mummies and daddies to the big wave and lost all of their things," Mrs Kempshall said.

"He's got lots of aunties and uncles and big brothers who spoil him so he has lots of toys and said he doesn't need them all."

Sandra Smith, who is collecting toys from around Iluka with her husband Ray, said 10 garbage bags full of soft toys had already been collected in the first week of the appeal.

She said all the toys collected would be donated to charities to be distributed to children in the affected regions.

Anyone wanting to donate can contact the Smiths on 6646 6626.



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