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Clean out your toy room and reduce your carbon footprint

CoolMom is hosting its second annual Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Greenwood and West Seattle. Here’s how it works: You clean out your kid’s toys and donate whatever they don’t need anymore. You get a $5 credit so you can shop at the sale for “new” toys they do want. And the toys are priced cheap. You reduce your carbon footprint by not buying a brand new toy.
The Greenwood sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Park United Methodist, 302 North 78th St. The West Seattle sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW. You don’t need to donate to shop.

All proceeds benefit CoolMom, WestSide Baby and Family Works. CoolMom is a non-profit that “helps unite families to take action on climate change through education, lifestyle change, and advocacy.”

CoolMom wants to help families reduce spending and their carbon footprint this holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste in the United States increases by more than 25%. By buying locally used toys instead of newly packaged toys purchased at several stores throughout the state or country, families can reduce their travel fuel consumption and reduce their impact on our recycling and landfill centers. Buying quality used toys also saves families money, which helps in these tough economic times.

Bring your bagged items to one of the 13 drop-off locations before Wed., Nov. 11. Include your name on the donation bag or in a slip of paper inside so you can get the $5 credit.
Greenwood/Ballard drop-off locations: PCC Green Lake; Phinney Neighborhood Center (65th & Greenwood); Small Faces Child Development Center (92nd & 14th NW): Greenwood Elementary (1st NW & 80th); PCC Fremont. West Seattle locations listed here.