The Toys are Coming

Holidays + Kids = TOYS.

While we’re trying to have relatives gift our children experiences this year, it’s understandable that grandparents want to see their grandkids open gifts. The result? Many more toys than we actually need.

If you find yourself swimming in old toys and want to donate them to a new family for the holidays, FATE is ready to take them off of your hands.

FATE – FUN AGAIN TOYS FOR EVERYONE

About a month ago Megan wrote about local organizations that take used item donations and also give back to the community.

As a result, we heard about FATE- an effort, launched in 2010 and spearheaded by Doris and Brian Toronyi. These parents of two boys found they had a basement full of stuff they no longer needed. They explain on their Facebook page,

A few years ago I was looking around for a charitable organization that would accept gently used toys that would then give them to kids who could use them – sort of “recycle” the toys and give them a new life with new children.

I couldn’t find any that accepted used toys, just new ones. I could donate them to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army but they would turn around and sell them and I knew that there were families out there that couldn’t even afford to buy food and pay for utilities, let alone even second-hand toys. So, since I couldn’t find an organization that would collect and distribute gently used for free to families that need them, I decided I’d make my own – thus, FATE was born.

They’ve Been at this for Years

I spoke with Brian on the phone about FATE. He told me that right before their fifth Christmas they received their official 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.

“We’ve seen tremendous support from the community,” he says, “and every year it just gets bigger.”

And as FATE grows, they need more help on almost every front. Years ago they started by helping a few families with items from their basement and donations from friends. This year they’re already committed to 200 children and are coordinating toys and items from all over West Michigan.

HOW IT WORKS

The people behind FATE know their limits – they can only provide toys for so many children, which is dependent on how many donations come in.

In the fall, Doris posts on Craigslist and on Facebook looking for families in need. As the requests come in, she creates a wish list and posts that (as well as updates) on their Facebook page. Here’s an example:

They’ve accepted wish lists for as many kids as they can. Brian tells me that they can’t accept more wish lists until they get more donations.

That’s where we come in.

HOW AND WHAT TO DONATE

Your Donations

Any new or gently used toy or winter apparel item for kids is greatly appreciated. No broken or well-worn items, please. They accept donations for boys and girls, babies through teens. It is especially hard for them to find items to give the older kids through teens, so if you have anything to donate in that category, please do.

Drop Off

You can drop off donations of your gently used toys, books, games, and teen items at

Liquid Asset Partners
4060 – 29th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Drive Up & Drop Off:

For one day only – Saturday, November 24, 2018, you can drive up to Behler- Young Corp (4900 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming) and drop off items between 10 am – 1 pm.

Pick Up

You’ll often find Brian making rounds in his van, coordinating with others for donation pickups. If you’re interested in meeting Brian for a toy drop, reach out via their Facebook page or send an email: [email protected]

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

The toys are distributed at a secret location on Giveaway Day, where parents will come and fill the wish lists of their children. To get ready for Giveaway Day, volunteers are needed to help with the BIG CLEAN UP EVENT where all of the toys are sorted and cleaned.

You can also help by working on set up or take down for the Giveaway Day event. Only adults can help with this. If you’re interested reach out by email or Facebook page.

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