The fifth annual Play it Forward toy drive collects gently used toys, books, games, puzzles, bicycles, stuffed animals, wagons, and more for underprivileged children. Toys are sorted by age group and category, then washed and properly cleaned to remove any bacteria.
Over the years, the toys have been delivered in a variety of ways, including dropping off at shelters and giveaway events at the Wayman Palmer YMCA and Erie Street Market. This year, organizations will be invited to Cousino Restoration’s main location to “shop” for toys that can be used at their facilities or distributed amongst the families.
“It is an event that the community looks forward to as much as we do,” said Shelly Konz, marketing at Cousino Restoration. “By collecting the outgrown toys we are essentially recycling them and keeping them out of landfills. Toys are essential to creativity and imagination development, and Play it Forward helps to make sure children who may not have toys receive them.”
Play it Forward would not be possible without the incredible support of the Perrysburg’s DECA Program’s marketing students, Penta Career Center’s Job Training Department students, Bowling Green State University’s sororities, Perrysburg High School’s Honor Society, Batteries Plus, several retired Knights of Columbus, and many more who contribute their time and donations.
Donations of used toys and batteries can be delivered on October 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and October 24 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Cousino Restoration’s main office located at 26901 Eckel Road, Perrysburg, OH. The date of the giveaway will be determined based on completion of sanitation and cleaning.
If you have questions about the event, please contact Shelly Konz at 419-931-2054.