Second annual Too Good to Toss event a huge success

Event proves the adage: One person's trash is someone else's treasure

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  • Photos by Roger Gavan On Saturday, April 21, everyone was invited to drop off their no longer wanted but too good to junk items that were sitting unused in basements and garages.

  • From left, Too Good to Toss co-chairs Payton Swenson and Elizabeth Knight.

  • Some child will love this item carried in by volunteer Keith Swenson.

  • Unique and interesting items like this wood-burning stove water container held by volunteer Brian Fitzsimmons were among the items dropped off.

— The second annual "Too Good to Toss" community swap sponsored by Sustainable Warwick with the cooperation of both the Town and Village of Warwick was held last weekend at Stanley-Deming Park and declared another huge success.

"It was fantastic," said Elizabeth Knight, who co-chaired the event with Payton Swenson.

"The number of people who participated was double that of last year. And we are very grateful that the town and the village covered the cost of the two tents and tables."

On Saturday, April 21, everyone was invited to drop off their no longer wanted but too good to junk items that were sitting unused in basements and garages.

Items ranged from artwork, baby and children's gear and bicycles to non-upholstered furniture, housewares and toys. Donations had to be clean, in good repair and in full working order including all parts.

Donors, however, were asked not to bring a list of unacceptable items listed on the Sustainable Warwick Website including computers, TVs and large appliances.

By late Saturday afternoon the fenced-in area of the basketball court at the park was filled and the donations had been well organized by volunteers.

The next day and not before, the public was invited to drop by and take anything they wanted free of charge.

Those items left behind were picked up by the charitable organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters. And later, the Village Department of Public Works crew took away any trash.

"It was a real community event," said Knight, "and all the volunteers said they had fun."

Too Good to Toss will be held again next year at this same time.

And if you think this is a good idea, the co-chairs suggest you find an opportunity to mention that to the supervisor and the mayor.

- Roger Gavan

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