| Hi Taylor
- The holiday season always leaves us with a few hundred toys our
kids don't want. I hate the idea of throwing these things away and
wonder if you have any suggestions for what to do with an overstock
of stuffed animals and plastic cars. - Darren
Hi Darren - It's hard for us parents to avoid the excess, isn't
it? I totally understand what you're going through. My wife and I
have tried a few different approaches with our kids neglected toys
that might work for your family.
charities. Since so many churches offer daycare and nursery
services, this is a great place to send the toys you no longer
need. If you go through your own church, you and your kids could
still have access to the items, or at least get to see firsthand
the happiness those toys bring to other children. On the financial
plus side, you can also write off the donation.
2. Freecycle or Facebook. If you're hesitant to donate
the toys just anywhere, you can use one of these online services
to post the items you're giving away. This ups the odds of finding
the perfect home for an old toy and makes the process relatively
easy on your end. You don't even have to load up a box - you can
just take pictures of what you have lying around and post them
online, then wait for interested parties to get in touch.
3. Shelters and care centers. The reason we end up with
so many extra toys is because we love the look on our kids' faces
when they receive a gift. You can get that same feeling when you
bring toys to facilities that house children and families in need.
I recommend bringing your kids along so they can partake in the
generosity and see how good it feels to make someone else's day.
4. Garage sale. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get
your children to part with toys, even if they haven't played with
them in years. If you propose a yard sale, the prospect of earning
cash gives you a pretty good negotiating tool. Allowing your children
to take part in the selling process also teaches good lessons
about personal value and financial responsibility. Best of all,
you can deal with the grownup toys that have started taking over
the shed and guestroom, proving that mommies and daddies have
to part with their things as well.
I wholly agree
that you don't want to throw things away, and I urge everyone to
avoid putting perfectly good toys into landfills. There are so many
ways to do good with these items, so hopefully you'll find something
that works for you. Good luck, Darren!
© Taylor Kovar
January 11, 2019
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