AU G.I.V.S. to Host New Community Service Initiative with the Ashland Public Library and Replay for Kids

1/30/17 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Gets Involved with Community Service (AU G.I.V.S.) will be hosting a community service initiative on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Redwood Hall. The event is called RePlay for Kids, and its mission is to increase the availability of toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities.

RePlay for Kids repairs, adapts and distributes toys and assistive devices free of charge. In so doing, the corporation strives to raise awareness and increase the number and variety of toys and devices available to the children who need them.

“This is a very exciting new partnership for AU G.I.V.S. to be able to work with the Ashland Public Library and Replay for Kids on this initiative that will provide a unique opportunity for children with disabilities in our community,” said Jennifer Washock, director of orientation and community service.

On Feb. 7, AU students will gather in Redwood Hall and work in pairs to adapt 25 battery operated toys with larger, easy to use on/off switches. The Toys then will be given to the Ashland Public Library where they will be added to the library's toy lending collection.  ​

“We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with AU G.I.V.S. and RePlay for Kids in providing and expanding this invaluable resource to the families of Ashland County,” said William Rutger, director of the Ashland Public Library.

The Friends of the Ashland Public Library have gifted a generous donation of $1,500 to this project, which will cover the cost of toys, adaptation supplies, storage bins and a book that will complement each toy and promote youth literacy. The Library will launch this new collection and make it available to the public for checkout on Monday, March 20. 

RePlay for Kids has been hosting informal toy workshops since 1994. In 1999, RePlay for Kids was formally established as a nonprofit corporation to further increase the productivity of this toy repair and modification effort. The group currently hosts toy workshops a few times a week, during which volunteers spend a couple hours repairing and modifying toys. Since they utilize small, portable toolkits, their workshops can be set up in a variety of locations. Workshops have been held at sites such as NASA, Ernst & Young, Nestle, Fifth Third Bank, Deloitte, and Keithley Instruments. The toys that are adapted are battery-operated toys that are donated to RePlay for Kids by the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program, individual donors or the companies that are holding workshops.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edudeeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###