WAXHAW – Turnaround Toys recently moved into a new facility on Rocky River Road, giving it more room for the used toys it collects to give to children in need.
Additionally, the program is gearing up to expand its services to children in Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
Executive director for the nonprofit, Lynn Fitzgerald, said the donation of the facility from Union Power Cooperative has been a big help as the organization continues to grow.
Fitzgerald said the facility has ample room for storage, allowing her to collect even more toys.
“It’s become above and beyond anything I could even think of,” Fitzgerald said about the organization, which she started in 2008. “Union County has been so generous to me, and some people when they have an abundance, it’s easy to give something you have instead of buying something to give away, especially since kids outgrow toys so quickly.”
And that generosity continues as both Cuthbertson High School and BB&T have offered to be collection sites.
All of the Union County locations of BB&T will serve as collection spots for the organization from May 29 to June 8.
And from 5 to 9 p.m. June 2, Cuthbertson High will hold a collection event.
With so many new toys coming in, Fitzgerald has a local giveaway event planned for July 28 at Iglesia Pentecostal Tabernaculo de Gracia. She said she also is working with Matthews Help Center and Marshville Elementary to arrange additional giveaways.
Fitzgerald said the response from Union County residents has been so positive, she’s expanding the organization’s reach to Haiti and Puerto Rico.
“Our main goal is to focus on local children and families, but we want to go international as well,” Fitzgerald said.
She said she is working with contacts in the Bahamas as well.
And while the program has been growing quickly, Fitzgerald is always on the lookout for more used toys and asks anyone holding yard sales or just doing some cleaning to contact Turnaround Toys at 704-999-8282 and the unwanted or unsold toys will be picked up and a tax receipt given.
To learn more about the organization, visit www.lfazzolari.charlottewebspace.com/index.html.