(NODAWAY) ‘Tis the season for giving, sharing and helping those in need… and the “Share-A-Toy” program in Nodaway has been doing just that for many years.
Vince Else, Founder of the “Share-A-Toy” program, says they take toy donations all year long to give away to families all over Southwest Iowa. Toys can be dropped off at Else’s home in Nodaway and Orscheln’s in Red Oak and Clarinda are also collection sites.
“We clean every toy, check every toy, new batteries, make sure everything works, actually a lot of the toys we give away look like new,” said Else. “And, it isn’t just cheap little toys, last year our most expensive toy was a $375 telescope.”
Else said this program started over 50 years ago. “Actually, when I was teaching Sunday School there was a boy that wasn’t going to get toys and I found an old tractor and gave it to his dad and he gave it to the boy and the boy came back to church tickled to death the next Sunday. And the next year I gave more and more and each year it’s just gotten bigger,” said Else. “Last year we had 806 children from 33 towns in Southwest Iowa come get toys for their children, their parents did.”
Parents can pick up toys Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Grandparents and Parents can also pick up toys from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Toys can be picked up at the Community Center in Nodaway.