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Out with the old …

Joel Stonington

Bonnie Kowar has long gathered old toys from friends and given them to local charities, so the decision to formalize her “Toy Lady” title by forming a nonprofit organization was easy. “It just evolved,” said Kowar, a 13-year valley resident and mother of three. “It was something I had been doing for friends. People were asking me where I should bring baby equipment or toys and I would just take it for them.”Her new endeavor, Re-Play Toys, will go a step further; they will personally clean out toy chests and give the goods to charities like The Thrift Shop in Aspen, the Pregnancy Resource Center and Yampah Mountain High School. Donors receive a tax receipt in exchange for their donation.”People are so happy to have the service,” said Kowar. “After you’ve had kids for a few years you start accumulating toys. Children outgrow different stages of toys.””It will go to people who will truly benefit from it,” said Jan Gessele, executive director of the Pregnancy Resource Center, which has received maternity clothes, cribs, baby clothes and toys from Kowar for years. “We have the opportunity to pass them on to women who have absolutely nothing.” Plus, “it’s nice to do spring cleaning,” said Kowar. “People are happy they’ll be brought somewhere. Then the toys are used and appreciated by more children.”Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com

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