A new holiday toy exchange effort is aiming to allow those who have too many toys to share them with those who could use some more, all while cutting down on waste.
Grammy’s Attic, organized by Kelli Steiner and her grandchildren, will accept donations of gently used toys, children’s books, sports equipment and baby gear from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of South Main and Chestnut streets, near Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville.
Donated items will be available to those who would like them from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Unitarian Universalist Parish House, 346 Chestnut St.
“The original idea was that as people were cleaning out spaces for the upcoming holidays or children were outgrowing toys,” Steiner said, “to have one place where all those things would be available for families to come and shop for free.”
Anyone is welcome to select toys or other items on Saturday, Steiner emphasized — it’s not necessary to donate items in order to participate.
“The idea is to find a home for toys that have lots of life left in them at no cost,” she said. “It’s free to everyone.”
The effort grew out of Steiner’s desire to find something useful to keep her busy after retiring in August and her grandchildren’s desire to help others for the holidays. They have been collecting donations for several weeks.
“My dining room is stacked with toys at the moment,” the former speech therapist said.
Those who would like to donate items prior to the Friday collection event should email Steiner at email@example.com. Toy pick-ups can be arranged.
Those who hope to take some toys or other items home on Saturday should take their own reusable bags or boxes, Steiner said.
“All families are welcome to come in and choose what they want,” she said.
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