What you can do with your kids old toys

posted by Steve Andrews - 

My grown kids still laugh at me. I hate to throw things out if they might still be useful to someone else. That includes toys and even old furniture from their rooms. I've been holding on to a very nice solid wood desk my son used for his homework and just recently gave it to a friends son to use.  When I saw there were organizations that accept donations of toys I just had to pass it along. Especially since it's Spring cleaning season. So here goes:

1. Tom's of Maine #LesssWasteChallenge. Tom's of Maine and TerraCycle have teamed up to create a toy recycling program that accepts up to 10 pounds of unwanted toys for free. Even broken ones. Just print a free UPS Shipping Label at TomsOfMaine.com/lesswaste.

2. There are two choices for LEGOs.  You can send your sets or mixed up LEGOs to Brick Recycler via Fed Ex or UPS and they'll get them to kids in need.  Play Well Africa sends them to educational facilities in Africa. 

3. Toy swaps- This is an idea started by Mom's Club chapters. Invite parents to drop off stuff ahead of time. Then on "toy swap" day they just take what they want.

4. Amazon's Give Back Box. Amazon and Goodwill have teamed up to make it easy to donate your unwanted household items and toys. Just use the box from an Amazon purchase. Fill the box with what you want to donate. Print a free shipping label and UPS or the post office will deliver it to Goodwill for free.

There's one other consideration before you donate.  Think about guest kids grand kids. I held on to a few toys to have when my friends kids visit and now we have them for when my grand daughter visits. She loves playing with the toys at my house because although they are old toys, they're new to her.  

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