CCS collecting used toys for upcoming consignment sale

From left is Toy Time coordinator Ami Pitt and volunteers Myla Phillips and Macilin Phillips. They're pictured inside the nearly empty Home & Family Arts Building at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds Monday morning right as the annual toy collection drive began. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW —  The massive toy collection effort – the first phase of the annual Toy Time program at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds began Monday morning.

The collection effort continues through Thursday.

The program is organized by Combined Community Services.

The public consignment sale runs, which is the result of the week long toy collection, is from 9 a.m. to 9 pm. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Money from those consignment sale is then used to buy new toys for the CCS toy giveaway.

Any toys that are appropriate — or needed — for a child will be accepted.

Last year, they collected more than 19,000 toys for the consignment said.

Amy Pitt, the CCS coordinator, compares the collection of toys this week to the movie Toy Story with a little bit of whimsy.

“Our hope is, the toys are sitting on the table and they’re at a sale and they’re all nervous because they’ve been removed from their home but now they’re going to go into another home and go under a Christmas tree (again) and some new child is going to love them all over again,” Pitt explained.

Toys are being being collected 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday at the fairgrounds.