Hello, my name is Ann. Myself and my husband have supported S.A.L.V.E. for several years in a variety of ways; for example volunteering at the Peak District Challenge, as well donating and sponsoring a child’s education.
As my contribution to the fundraising drive for S.A.L.V.E.’s 10th birthday to reunite more children with thier families, I decided to make some “story sacks” to sell on a well-known, online, auction site.
I have made similar things in the past to help my daughter, who is an early years teacher, with her collection of resources, so have a good knowledge of classic, early years story books.
Recycling Old Toys
My idea is to create sets of charaters to go alongside a children’s book that can help to bring the story to life. I find the items I need in charity shops and put it all together in a colourful sack for easy storage.
Making the sacks is the easiest and quickest part of the project, but filling them with appropriate soft toys, books and other props is more time-consuming.
If you ever go into a charity shop, I could be the woman seen digging into the bottom of the tub of soft toys in search of a particular stuffed animal, or scouring the shelves of children’s books for a needed book.
The Final Touches
Once I have a full complement of “characters” and other items, I make any other necessary props, which could be just a couple of knitted cakes, some underpants for aliens, or a tree stump for baby owls to sit in.
As well as raising funds for S.A.L.V.E., it is a good way to recycle bits and pieces. The initial outlay is easily recouped from the sale of the finished sack.