THERE are more toys to go around at the Busselton Toy Library following a Lotterywest grant.
The $2000 grant, along with a $700 City of Busselton community grant has enabled the volunteer-run organisation to add another 80 toys to their collection of almost 600.
The toy library has been running since the late 1990s and gives families a chance to take home toys for two weeks at a time.
It means that children can play with toys that the parents couldn’t afford, or that the children are only interested in for a short timeframe or age group.
Jemma Hansen the grants officer from the toy library said this kind of money made it possible to keep the library’s doors open.
“We are run solely by volunteers, and we fundraise and apply for grants to get new toys and to meet all our costs,” she said.
“The library gives families a chance to try out new toys.
“The new toys have been arriving during the week, and we are still expecting some in the coming weeks.”
According to Camilla Culnane, a volunteer and treasurer at the toy library, the outdoor toys are the most popular.
“The big toys and the toys with wheels are always really popular with the boys.
“The jigsaws and educational games are also in demand, and because they get quite expensive, and once you’ve done them, they get boring, so it’s great to be able to swap them over.
“We cater for babies all the way through to children of about seven or eight.”
The toy library is open to members every Saturday at the Busselton Family Centre on Kent Street from 9.30-11am.
A year membership costs $65 for three toys or $75 for five toys.