What does Australia have to do with a toy store in Fairbanks, Alaska, you may ask.
Well, did you know that Shane (one of the owners) use to be a wildland firefighter and is still a wildland fire medic? Did you know that Kyndall (the other owner) is a biologist? Needless to say, the devastating wildfires in Australia hit home to us in so many ways. We’d like to do our part, and the beautiful thing as a small business owner is that you can do so in many ways.
On January 25th, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., we will have a free in-store event where kids (well, really ANYONE) can make a thank-you card to Australian first responders and decorate a boomerang. This was a long fire season in Alaska, and by the end, Shane and the rest of the fire crews were EXHAUSTED (that is putting it very mildly). This is nothing compared to what the first responders and animal rescue folks are facing right now in Australia. I know when we have fire crews around Fairbanks, everyone asks what they need, and they always respond – thank yous. They have socks. They have food. They need and want the encouragement to keep going. So that is what we are going to do!
Secondly, from January 24th through February 2nd, 2020, we will have 10% off regularly priced animals and public safety toys. We will match the 10% with a donation to two Austrialin fire relief charities.
The first charity is WIRES Wildlife Rescue that is helping to rescue and saving animals throughout Australia that have been impacted by the wildfires.
The second charity hit really close to home. We will be donating to the families of Australian firefighters Samuel McPaul, Geoffrey Keaton, and Andrew O’Dwyer, who died in the line of duty while fighting Australia’s unprecedented and devastating wildfires. Firefighter McPaul left behind a pregnant wife, and Firefighters Keaton and O’Dwyer left behind young children (this is Shane’s worst nightmare every time he heads out on a fire).
So join us when it is -20F out this weekend to help send some thank yous and relief down under.