I dare say that you're all familiar by now with the Toy Society and it's methods. It's an ingeniously simple concept. Toys are handmade, packaged, and hung in a place where someone will find and take them home. Street art. An act of love.
The kids did a drop yesterday, delivering toys to a particularly fun-challenged street in Footscray, a working class suburb of Melbourne. Most of this neighbourhood is transit and emergency accomodation, comprised of refugees from war-torn areas around the world. Almost no one speaks English, and is even less likely to have internet access.
The street is always full of people just hanging around outside, and the drop gathered an audience quickly. People were quite nervous, at first, about what the kids were doing. They were reluctant to get involved, wanting to know what the catch was. Much gesticulating was required to convey that it really was a gift.
Eventually, one little boy took the plunge (a particular favourite of Mym's, so she was pretty pleased about this).
Check out this smile, as the penny drops.
And a fitting parting gesture from us.