LIVING UNITED Toys for Tots drive
There's still time to donate to the National Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive coordinated locally by United Way.
Today thru Dec. 4 we will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys to be distr... Posted on 11/25/13 at 4:57 PM
JUNKFEST Vendor Feature 3: Junk Rescuers
Vendor Feature number three brings youEd& Mary Seeberg, known to many as the Junk Rescuers. The Seebergs have been with us for many years, operating under the business name "Ed's Good Olde Toys." ... Posted on 8/9/13 at 8:05 AM
STAFF BLOG IN THE SPIRIT Bringing back a family tradition
As I shopped for Christmas gift giving this year I tried very hard to buy locally. For the most part I was successful.
But after going to every store in town that sells toys and games and not finding... Posted on 1/2/13 at 2:14 PM
REGGIE TALES 1,624 Toys For Tots
1,624. That is the grand total of toys, books, and stuffing stuffers dropped off at the WDAZ Toys For Tots Truck over a two week period in late November and early December. 1,624. That's a lot of toys... Posted on 12/19/12 at 11:51 AM
Pellet guns and other toy weaponry should not be allowed to look like the real thing, a California lawmaker said Friday, vowing to introduce a bill to ban such replicas following the accidental killing of a 13-year-old boy by sheriff's deputies.
Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life. But Barbie's competitors look nothing like the blue-eyed, blond-haired, long-legged fashion icon. And they don't have the same old standards of beauty as the aging diva either.
Rodney Francis is insufficiently ambitious. The pastor of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church in St. Louis has entered the fray over guns, violence and humanity’s fallen nature with a plan for a “buyback” of children’s toy guns. And toy swords and other make-believe weapons.
The story of Shannon LaHaise and her handcrafted line of colorful plush dolls, puppy dogs, pink elephants, cuddly owls and googly-eyed monsters starts with Shannon as a young girl, learning to sew alongside her grandmothers.
Small wooden cars, bulldozers, trucks and tractors line a table in Jim Frankard's brightly lit shop. The pine toys are just a few examples of the 450 others the Winona man began making this spring to donate to the Toys for Tots program. Local Toys for Tots organizers say the donation is the largest they've ever received of the kind.
We've got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. And we've got plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it's a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls that caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market.
Dave Thompson is a zookeeper at Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth who specializes in primates. He uses donated materials and a few odd purchases to provide the Angolan colobus, red ruffed lemurs, callimico and cotton-top tamarins with new experiences and challenges daily.
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