Girl Scouts organize toy drive to recycle, help kids in need

2013-04-11T00:00:00Z 2013-04-11T11:08:09Z Girl Scouts organize toy drive to recycle, help kids in needBy Nathan Hansen nathan.hansen@winonadailynews.com Winona Daily News

Morro Schreiber and her troop of Girl Scout Daisies want to keep good-as-new toys out of local landfills.

The troop is holding a used toy drive this month, and despite cold, wet and gray weather Wednesday, the Girl Scouts were out at the East End Recreation Center for the first drop-off event.

Even with raindrops dripping from the tent meant to keep the toys dry, Tansy Schreiber, 7, Allison McEntaffer 7, and 6-year-old Peyton Taylor were full of energy when Peyton’s mother and toy drive co-chair Jessica Taylor pulled up with several toys collected from coworkers.

“This is a big toy,” Tansy said as she helped carry a red fire truck from the car to the drop-off site.

“We already got a lot,” Allison added as she surveyed the pile of toys.

Morro Schreiber said the idea for the toy drive came from a discussion the troop had for ways to make the world a better place while following the Daisy guidelines of being honest, fair, friendly and helpful.

Schreiber said she found the organization Second Chance Toys, which tries to keep used toys out of landfills and put them in homes where they are needed. When she shared the idea of collecting used toys with her daughter, Tansy, she agreed the idea sounded pretty cool.

“With Earth Day it just fits in with keeping things out of the landfill,” Schreiber said.

Schreiber said she hopes people will donate the kinds of toys they would want their own children to have. For Schreiber, that means toys with all or most of their parts, ones that are sturdy and safe. She also prefers that people not donate battery-operated toys.

Morro said the troop is hoping to collect between 50 and 100 toys, which will be donated through Second Chance to the Family & Children’s Center.

“We really wanted the group we donated to be local and not someplace in the Twin Cities,” Morro said. “I think this is an admirable organization to donate toys to.”

Each Daisy will also have to donate a toy of her own. Allison, for example, chose to part with her Disney Princesses vanity.

Tansy said she donated an old bath-time toy, a plastic boat with a fishing pole and a captain. She said she he had a lot of fun with it but has outgrown it.

“I want to help kids and really like nature, and I don’t want it to get harmed,” Tansy said.

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    Local_Mama - April 11, 2013 2:27 pm
    What a great article! Thank you Nathan Hansen and Joe Alquist for your excellent coverage of our Girl Scout Daisy Earth Month Toy Drive! Although not many people came out in the rain to drop off toys, I hope we get a great outpouring of support for our Earth Day event. Everyone should come to Earth Day whether they have toys to donate or not - it's free, it's fun, it's family-friendly and just a great time all around. Music, vendors, and fun in the sun (keep your fingers crossed for that last bit). Come on Winona! Dig some of those old plastic toys out of your basements and join us! (Note: Battery operated toys ARE accepted, we just ask that you include working batteries - thank you!)
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