WARSAW — Cleaning out your toy box? Ami Pitt and her team are looking for used toys for their annual toy consignment sale.
The annual Toy Time consignment sale and Combined Community Services toy giveaway is happening now. Drop off gently used toys at the Home and Family Arts building at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 15. Pitt and her team do all the pricing and donators will make 50 percent of the sale price, with the other 50 percent of the sale being donated toward the purchase of new toys for the giveaway.
Pitt and her family have been doing this consignment sale for 23 years. “When I started I was pregnant with [my daughter], and now she’s due…I started with her and now I’m shopping [at the consignment sale] for her child.”
The toy giveaway benefits 2,400 kids in the community that are not part of the Toys for Tots or Adopt-A-Family programs.
While toys have been a little slow coming in this year, Pitt anticipates around 10,000 toys to be donated by end of the day Thursday. Pitt partners with Toys for Tots and American Bikers Aimed Toward Education who donate items geared towards infants and teens.
Pitt is also seeking donated Bible’s to hand out to families. “Our biggest goal is to share Jesus’s love,” commented Pitt.
The public toy sale is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 17, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 18. People who donated toys get to shop early on Friday, Dec. 16.
Items that don’t sell will be part of the toy giveaway along with new toys purchased with the proceeds from the consignment sales. The giveaway will be 9 a.m to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Back at CCS the Adopt-A-Family program is well underway for the holiday season. Currently the biggest need the organization has for the event is for gift cards to local grocery stores.
“CCS shops for some of the families, so grocery cards at any county [grocery store] would be appreciated for their holiday meal,” insisted Director of Client Assistance Peggi Lisenbee.