Boomerang Bags in Lismore are expanding their busy operation to help out the Lismore Toy Library.
The group recently collaborated with the Lismore Toy Library to make 50 enormous bags so the library members can carry bulky toys home with ease.
‘We were contacted by Lismore Toy Library as they wanted a sustainable option for users of the service to be able to transport larger toys with ease,’ said Jenni Law from Boomerang Bags. ‘After developing a prototype approximately three times the size of our normal shopping bags, each with two hand and two over shoulder handles, we agreed to make 50 for the Toy Library.
Boomerang Bags have three workshops a month and dedicated six workshops to make these bags with volunteers at each workshop.
‘It was a fantastic way to use up some of the heavier duty fabric that had been donated to our group that wouldn’t have been used for our own bags,’ said Jenni. ‘The Toy Library also provided their logo screen printed on squares of fabric that were attached as pockets.
‘We felt that volunteer groups should be open to assisting other volunteer groups and this was a great way for us to contribute to a valuable community resource.’
Jenni said that both the Toy Library and Boomerang Bags are always happy to welcome new vollies.
‘We have some volunteers that attend almost all of the workshops and some that attend once every few months. It’s a very inclusive group and sewing skills are not mandatory as there are plenty of other jobs involved in making our bags , which we supply to various businesses around Lismore on a rotational basis to give to their customers for free’, she said.
Boomerang Bags workshops are held on the first and second Saturday and the fourth Sunday of every month at the Environment Education Centre in the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre on Wyrallah Road, East Lismore. Workshops run from 11.30am to 3.30pm.