(NODAWAY) On December 17th, 2012 a fire destroyed a building in Nodaway, Iowa that housed items for the Share-A-Toy program and almost destroyed the dreams of Vincent and Judy Else.
Vincent Else said thanks to the generous donations from groups, businesses and individuals from all over the area, they were able to begin Operation Rebuild Share-A-Toy.
“When the building burned down Judy and I walked back in that morning and I said that maybe this was God’s way of telling us it was time to quit after 50-some years,” said Vincent Else. “Two days later two former students of mine called and said they have already started a rebuild program on Facebook and they had 400-plus responders. The building that is up now has all been done with donation items.”
The new 30’ by 63’ metal pole building is finally in place. The next step is to put in plumbing and electric, as well as insulation and walls on the inside.
“Part of it is going to be a workshop where we can work on the toys to get them ready and organized and then about the west two thirds of the building will be an area that we’re going to give toys away in,” explained Vincent Else.
Vincent and Judy Else take used toys, clean them up to look as new as possible and then give them away to parents to give to their children at Christmas time. Donations can be sent to:
400 4th Avenue