Finn Hollis, Salamander Bay boy shares toys at the beach

Finn Hollis proudly standing next to his milk crate of toys for sharing.
Finn Hollis proudly standing next to his milk crate of toys for sharing.


FINN Hollis, Salamander Bay, is a generous and giving six-year-old boy.

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After hearing about a friend setting up a toy box to leave at the beach for other kids and families to enjoy, Finn decided he would like to do the same.

With help from his three-year-old sister, Ruby, a milk crate of beach toys was created, with a note saying who had left them.

Finn and Ruby’s mum, Natalie Finn said, “A friend recently shared a post from a family who had enjoyed the toys. It read, “Thank you Finn and Ruby, whoever you are.”

Imagine, then, this young boy’s disappointment when visiting his box to find that it was empty, with the toys and the message removed.

Natalie told News Of The Area, “At first he was disappointed his toys were gone, but it ended up being a positive experience as we were able to talk compassionately and with forgiveness for the person that took them.”

“We decided that maybe they were a child who didn’t have many toys and that they were now able to enjoy playing with some really great toys,” she said.

“We also talked about the post I put on Facebook and how the community were backing him and very proud of his initial project.”

Finn is very proud that others think good things about him.

“He is also quite excited about the fact that other people want to help make another box, and that we might even be able to make a few boxes to place at lots of beaches,” she said.

If people have beach toys that they would like to donate, they can be left at Bob Cairn Reserve, Foreshore Drive which is the place the original box lives.

The Hollis family live nearby and will check regularly if there happens to be too many toys donated. Alternatively, create your own crate of beach toys for sharing.


By Mandy ELLIS

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