A husband and wife duo may never have imagined just how far their legacy would go.
More than 25 years ago, well-known business duo Cecil and Catherine Toy set up a trust to ensure their legacy of supporting Wagga's charities could continue after their deaths.
Emma Grant, a trustee and senior accountant with Selby Watson and Co, said 2019 marks the 25th anniversary.
"This year we will reach the $1 million mark of funds distributed to 38 charitable organisations in our town since the trust's inception," she said.
The Toys moved to Wagga from Adelaide and had no children. They owned the Australian Hotel, now the Australian Arcade, and the Advance Australian Hotel, now the site of Myer.
After Catherine's death, Cecil asked his accountant Bill Grear to arrange with his solicitor Michael Kennedy to establish a charitable trust.
The arrangement specified most of the organisations the Toys supported, but it contained provisions for gifts to approved organisations.
Ms Grant said she hoped the 25th anniversary would help bring their story back to life.
"It is pretty special to help continue this on," she said. "I do not even know if Cec or Cath thought this would have lasted this long."
Over the years, the Trust has given to organisations such as St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Home of Compassion and Can Assist.
Geraldine Grant, treasurer for Wagga's Can Assist Branch, said the money they received from the trust last year was a helpful hand as they resumed operations.
"It enabled us to buy computers and things we needed to help continue our work," she said.
"We spend up to $3000 to $5000 a month on our clients.
"We buy food vouchers, medicine, oxygen and fuel vouchers and much more for the clients in our region."
Mrs Grant said the donation from the Toy's trust went a long way to helping those in Wagga battling cancer, and their families.
Local charities are invited to apply for a distribution from the trust before the end of November.
For anyone wishing to support Can Assist, they will be hosting a fundraising BBQ stall at Markets by the Lake on November 30 from 9am to 1pm.
Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase, with the results to be drawn at the markets. For more information click here.