Thursday, December 5, 2013

Northampon Toy Exchange this Fri & Sat

City of Northampton
For immediate release:  September 25, 2013
Contact:  Susan Waite 413-­587-­1059,

The Third Annual Holiday Toy Exchange will be held on December 6 and 7, 2013 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton. Toy donations will be collected Friday evening and early Saturday and will be available to the public free of charge at 10am Saturday morning. This event has become an important source of holiday gifts for residents on tight budgets; it also increases the lifespan of consumer goods which are discarded long before their usefulness wanes.

Donations of clean, gently used, working toys and sports equipment will be accepted from the public from 5-8 PM on Friday, 12/6 and 8-9 AM on Saturday, 12/7. The following items are sought: musical instruments; action figures/dolls; sports equipment & bicycles; books, games & puzzles; model kits & building toys; arts/craft kits & creative learning toys; cars & trucks; outdoor toys & structures; stuffed animals; electronic toys; video games & DVDs; and baby & preschool toys. Collected toys will be available to donor parents and those referred by community agencies on Saturday, 12/7 from 9-10 AM and to the general public from 10-Noon. Participants are asked to leave children safely at home in the care of others during the Saturday pick-up portion of the event. At the close of the event, all remaining items will be donated to the Salvation Army for reuse and recycling.

This year, the Reuse Committee will also accept donations of clean and gently-used infant, toddler, and outerwear: coats, hats, snow pants and mittens/gloves. Clothing will be used by local school children with the remainder going to the Salvation Army.