Twice Loved Toy Drive, putting a toy in every child's hand

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Throughout the community, you'll find barrels to drop off new toys for Christmas, but what you won't find is any place to give gently used toys, until now.

The leadership program, Future Farmers of America, at Fruita Monument High School, has enlisted the help of four other schools with a new effort. Elementary schools, Broadway, Chipeta and Shelledy, along with Fruita 8-9, to collect gently used toys which they will clean and distribute for Christmas presents.

"So far we think we about 500 toys collected and that's not even half of what were expecting to come in," says Megan McKee, a Fruita Monument High School student.

These toys will be distributed through Migrant Services and Nurse Family Partnership. The Twice Loved Toy Drive runs until Dec. 17.

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  • by parent Location: GJ on Dec 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    Drop off for these are located at all the local High Schools I know for a fact the GJHS has one in the common area just outside the library/cafeteria. Also they set up boxes at pretty most of the elementary schools in the area as well.
  • by Jennifer Location: Grand Junction on Dec 8, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    Chipeta Elementary is at 9th and Gunnison across from East middle school. But I agree there should be more drop off locations... Also I hope people know how over-inundated toy drives get with stuffed animals. Toys for Tots is always flooded with them and asks you to *not* bring them. Just a thought.
  • by j Location: gj on Dec 8, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    Is there some place in the gj city limits to take these toys?? That would be nice to have several drop off locations.
  • by Jennifer Location: Grand Junction on Dec 8, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    I want to donate! I have LOTS to give. Tell me where to take them!! I mean - I have Fisher Price toys that retails for way too much - I want some kid less fortunate to have this's all very gently used.
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      by Leigh Ashman on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM in reply to Jennifer
      You can take them to the schools listed in the story.
  • by parent Location: GJ on Dec 8, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Actually, the Health Occupational Student Association (HOSA) program is the one that got this program started. It is a group of students from ALL the high schools who attend the Med Prep classes held through WCCC. They were the first to contact Salvation Army to partner with them when they heard the Toys for Tots program was not going to be here this year. The group is called "Angels Among Us" they take new and gently used toys and have boxes all over the county, and are giving prizes including 3 $1000.00 scholarships for people who donate toys. I wish the news organizations would do their research better.
  • by Rachel Location: GJ on Dec 8, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    This is great! Why don't more people accept used toys? If they are not broken, then they are still good. I have a dozen teddy bears that I can't donate because they are old, now I have some where to take them!
  • by Jenny Location: GJ on Dec 7, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    It's about time some organization started this! Way to go Fruita!
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