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2017 Holiday Toy Exchange Fosters Frugality, Reuse
The Seventh Annual Holiday Toy Exchange will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2016 at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton. Toy donations will be collected in the school cafeteria from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM on Friday, December 8, and will be available to the public free of charge at 10:00 AM Saturday morning.
Donated items must be clean, in working order and complete (no missing pieces). The following items are sought: musical instruments; action figures/dolls; 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 are offered to toy donors and residents referred by community agencies early on Saturday morning and to the general public from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Participants are asked to leave children safely at home in the care of others on Saturday.
The Toy Exchange is coordinated by the Northampton Department of Public Works and the Reuse Committee and is co-sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools/CFCE via grants from the MA Department of Early Education.
This event extends a toy’s lifespan, and has become an important source of holiday gifts for parents on tight budgets.