Re-gift, Re-use, Re-love

The holiday season is approaching and it's time for Project CAF 's annual Toy Shop.

This year Project CAF is hosting its third annual Toy Shop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday Dec. 11 at Burton Street Elementary School. The Toy Shop has come to be an extremely successful holiday tradition. Project CAF members collect gently used toys and clean the toys, package them, and replace missing batteries. Then the toys are sold for minimal prices during the Toy Shop. Last year Project CAF collected 1,421 toys, 625 books, and raffled off an American Girl Doll, wooden block set and remote control ATV. Project CAF made a profit of $500, all of which was donated to the bone marrow registry to help those with leukemia and other illnesses. Any remaining toys or books were donated around the local communities.

This year, Project CAF members hope to continue their tradition of a fun and rewarding Toy Shop.

But to do that, they need help. Without donations of toys and books from community members, the Toy Shop will not be a success. Community members are invited to drop off gently used toys or wrapping paper in any of the collection boxes around town. Collection sites include Project CAF at Dave's Diner, St. James Church, the First Presbyterian Church, the Dewitt Community Church, the New Woodstock Library, and the Cazenovia elementary, middle, and high schools. Monetary donations are also appreciated to help buy batteries, and cleaning and wrapping supplies.

Donations can be sent to the Project CAF office at PO Box 408, Cazenovia, NY, 13035. Any high school team or club is welcome to sign up for a night to clean toys. If interested, e-mail projectcafe.caz@gmail.com. Get in the holiday spirit early by donating your gently used toys to a child whose holiday season will be brightened by your generosity!

Project CAF would like to thank all of the people and organizations who have helped to make the Toy Shop possible: the Cazenovia Republican for great publicity, Dave's Diner for their accommodations and the use of their dishwasher, Wil Kox Paper/the Sparks Family for donating boxes, schools and churches that are hosting boxes for collection, Harris Cleaners for washing and drying stuffed animals, Mrs. Connor for playing the piano at the Toy Shop, and Mrs. Romagnoli for restoring dolls.

Taylor Malmsheimer is a student member of Project CAF .

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