The Quesnel Child Development Centre is looking to expand their library of switch-adapted toys for rental to families of kids with disabilities. They’re hosting a Disney-themed online fundraiser on June 18. (Submitted photo)

The Quesnel Child Development Centre is looking to expand their library of switch-adapted toys for rental to families of kids with disabilities. They’re hosting a Disney-themed online fundraiser on June 18. (Submitted photo)

Quesnel Child Development Centre looking to expand rental toy library

The CDC needs more switch-adapted toys before beginning their lending program in earnest

The Quesnel Child Development Centre (CDC) will be relying on some familiar faces to try and boost their library of rental toys for kids with disabilities.

The CDC’s collection of electronic switch-adapted toys was established with $2,500 worth of grants from the Quesnel Rotary Club and the Quesnel Community Foundation (QCF). Now they’re looking to expand their selection, and have set up a zoom fundraiser to do it.

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“We have our room ready, we have our shelving ready, we just got the toys we got funding for and went ‘oh – okay, we’re going to need more to fill up these spaces,” CDC director Lacey Kvist said.

Switch-adapted toys are electronic toys specially made for children with mobility disabilities and can be expensive.

“With the $2,500 we were able to get ten toys,” Kvist said. “We’re hoping to start providing services to the community at the beginning of September.”

Kvist said giving as many appropriate toys to kids with disabilities can be a big help.

“One of the things we know about mobility issues, is the more sensory opportunities children have, the more they develop in those mobility areas,” she said. “We’ve been fortunate to get support from Rotary and QCF, but we’re still plodding away.”

The fundraiser planned is a Disney-themed Zoom bingo. Participating families will get a card, and will have to identify songs from classic and new Disney flicks.

Participants will also be entered to win one of three prize baskets just for playing.

The fundraiser is set for June 18 at 6 p.m., with tickets available at online.musicbingo.com/shop/upcoming-games/jun-18th-zoom-musiv-bingo-in-support-of-quesnel-and-district-child-development-centre.

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