RePlay for Kids Toy Giveaway is being held at MCESC
CANFIELD, OHIO – The Mahoning Adapted Toy Giveaway was held at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) for the second year. It was hosted at the MCESC on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.
There were over 30 children registered to come and pick out switch adapted toys. There were volunteers at the event to help the families “shop” for the perfect toy. The volunteers were Natalie Wardega from RePlay for kids, Beverly Lankitus (MCESC), Kathy O'Shaughnessy (MCESC), and Shannon Mulichak (MCESC), Delores Aberson, and Theresa Kinsley.
RePlay for Kids is a Cleveland based non-profit that wants to increase the availability of toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities. RePlay for Kids repairs, adapts, and distributes toys and assistive devices free of charge. In doing so they are striving to raise awareness and increase the number and variety of toys and devices available to the children who need them. Young children learn through play and social interaction. Children with disabilities are no exception, yet frequently require adapted toys and other assistive devices to fully experience the thrill of play. Due to the limited market, the adapted toys are more expensive than their mainstream counterparts. Fortunately, many service organizations provide switches, adapted toys, and other assistive devices to children who cannot otherwise afford them. However, when a toy or device breaks, the supplying organization usually does not have the expertise or resources to repair the broken item. RePlay for Kids provides these repair services free of charge to participating organizations. RePlay for Kids also adapts mainstream toys for use by children with disabilities.