A community Beach Library full of beach dump trucks, spades and buckets is now in place at Kellys Beach for public use.
Coral Coast Christian Church organised the craftmanship from members of the Men’s Shed to create the sturdy wooden Beach Library.
Pastor Brian Robertson said the community project initiative was arranged by church member Maxine Stauffer and it was undertaken by Bubs and Kids and the Men’s Shed groups.
Maxine said the Beach Library was inspired by a picture she saw on Facebook, with a notation to say “wish we had one here”.
“I then sent the picture to the boys in the men’s shed, and wow a week later the big box was built,” Maxine said.
The Beach Library has been warmly welcomed by beach goers, who took to social media to say thank you to the organisers.
Maxine said she had added more toys to the library over the past few days, and they would continue to welcome any additional donations from the community.
“I just popped some more in the box – hope your children enjoy them, more of course will be needed, so thank you in advance,” Maxine said.
“This initiative is to promote Bubs and Kids, where we give to needy families all sorts of goods, especially things the children have grown out of.”
Maxine hopes children and their families enjoy using the Beach Library toys while visiting Kellys Beach and she asked for the toys to return or replaced when leaving.
“But if your little one loves something, kindly replace it with another toy for the next child,” she said.
“I really hope my idea will be used well, and parents will not have to cart a lot of stuff to the beach.”
Positive response to Beach Library
Pastor Roberston said it was nice to see the community’s immediate positive response and he applauded the work of church members.
“It is warming to see,” he said.
“Our church continues to support the community; it’s a simple but practical way to give support to families at the beach.”
He said this year the annual popular Coral Coast Christian Church Carols by Candlelight had to be reorganised and it would be digital because of COVID-19, so little initiatives like the Beach Library helped remind the community of the churches ongoing support.
The Beach Library is located at the Kellys Beach car park at Bargara.
Maxine said donations were also welcomes at Bubs and Kids and the Men's Shed groups, between 9am and noon, Tuesday and Thursday at 596 Windermere Road, Bargara.
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