Many of you probably saw the LA Times article from a few weeks ago about the toy lending libraries (or toybraries) run by LA County Dept. of Social Services.
This program was started during the great depression to allow needy children to borrow toys like they do books. There are currently 50 sites in LA County that serve these children but, because so many parents are out of work right now, demand for toys is up 30%.
Our fabulous Larchmont Charter school students, under the direction of teacher Andi Varon, is undertaking a toy drive to help their underprivileged peers and will be collecting toys at the Gregory Street campus until 7 a.m. Monday morning. (I can tell you, it's quite a sight to watch 8 yr-olds pitching community service to their peers. What a phenomenal group of kids! They're even taking a field trip to the toy warehouse to help sort and tag the items. Kudos, Andi!)
Many of our caring neighbors - who don't have kids at the school - have asked how they can donate too. In true community spirit, two Larchmont merchants, Flicka and the little seed have generously allowed county services to place donation barrels in their stores. Please visit them and drop off your used toys if you can help. (And if you don't have used toys, you can always buy some there and drop them in.)
All used non-broken toys that have all their parts (except for guns/war toys) are welcome. Don't worry if stuffed animals are in need of baths, the county sanitizes them before they go out.
Here's the website of the program if you'd like more information:
If you have questions and would like to contact the social services people at the program call 213.744.4344 or email them at toyloan@...
If you want to find out how your child's school can do the same type of drive, Lindsay Sturman or myself will be happy to tell you how these great Larchmont students pulled off their drive.
Thanks so much to all of the parents who already hunted up their excess toys for their kids to contribute.