Drowning in toys? Donate used toys to kids who need them.
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See, my kids are the only grandkids on either side of the family. It's a given that we are going to get more toys than our boys can possibly play with on their birthdays, Christmas and "just because" days.
I appreciate that our families get excited about giving our kids presents, but the clutter has become unbearable. Despite our request to limit the presents, grandparents get carried away and we start drowning in toys, toys, toys.
So we're boxing some of them up and giving them to kids who can really use them. There are so many places to donate used toys that help provide toys to kids who need them that we're spreading our donations out over several locations.
Instead of shedding tears over the toys that are leaving the house, we're using this de-cluttering act as a way to teach the kids to be charitable. My older son talks about the kids who will get to play with his toys next ... kids he'll never meet, but who he's excited about helping.