Mid-Michigan Toy Store Gives Nearly $5,000 In Toys To Local Schools

By: Caroline Vandergriff Email
By: Caroline Vandergriff Email

Toy House and Baby Too in Jackson is giving away $200 worth of toys to every school district in Jackson County. The Toy House will donate the 20 boxes filled with toys on Saturday, as part of its third annual "Neighborhood Toy Store Day."

Toy House is one of four stores across the country chosen to donate the nearly $5,000 worth of toys, in conjunction with TDmonthly Magazine and toy manufacturers across the country.

The store will also have five boxes it is inviting its customers to give away. On Saturday, five names will be drawn of people who get to donate the packages of toys to their non-profit of choice.

Phil Wrzesinski owns Toy House and Baby Too. He says he hopes to show schools that toys can be a great part of curriculum.

There are a lot of lessons in all types of toys," said Wrzesinski. "Cooperation, communication, problem-solving, negotiation - all skills kids need later in life and they get many of those skills from the types of toys they play with."

Wrzesinski's grandparents founded the store in 1949, and it's grown to be the largest, independent, family-owned toy store in the country. Toy House focuses on selling unique, high-quality toys you can't find anywhere else.

Toy House and Baby Too (at 400 North Mechanic St. in Jackson) is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The schools will pick up their boxes then, and anyone is invited for all the other fun events the Toy House has planned as part of their Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

There will be a Lego contest, a yo-yo competition, and other free give-aways and prizes.

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