Used Toy Drive at Levis Commons—Play It Forward


PERRYSBURG, OH (January 2, 2019)—After Santa has come and gone, many parents are left wondering where they will find space in the house for all of their children’s new holiday treasures. The Town Center at Levis Commons and Cousino Restoration offer a solution to this dilemma with the 9th annual Play It Forward Used Toy Drive that rescues and recycles outgrown toys to give to underprivileged children.

This annual event has grown substantially over the years therefore two new elements will be incorporated into the drive this year. For 2019, Play It Forward will also include the collection of used sporting goods and sports-related equipment. These items will be donated to kids who may otherwise be sidelined by the inability to purchase the necessary items to participate in sports. Toledo-based organization, UpLyft Toledo, will be handling the distribution of these items.

Also new this year, Play It Forward will be partnering with Keep Perrysburg Beautiful, a Hasbro Toy Recycling Pilot Program. Hasbro Toys has selected Perrysburg as a pilot location for the recycling of all damaged or broken Hasbro toys and games. These items can also be dropped off at Levis Commons on Saturday, January 19th.

Donations of gently-used, still-working toys, broken or damaged Hasbro toys, and gently-used sporting goods can be dropped off next to Bar Louie at Levis Commons from 11am-1pm on Saturday, January 19th. The toys will be cleaned and donated to children in Northwest Ohio who may not have been as fortunate this holiday season.

“Play it Forward is a simple concept with a widespread impact,” said Allison Schroeder, Marketing Director, The Town Center at Levis Commons, Hill Partners Inc. “By collecting the no-longer-used-toys, we keep them out of landfills and are able to provide the tools essential to creativity and imagination for children who need them. With the new additions this year of Hasbro toy recycling and the collection of sporting goods to be distributed to kids in need, we are further extending our mission to make “out with the old, in with the new” benefit the community we live in.”

Play it Forward would not be possible without the generous support of the community. Cousino Restoration provides countless hours of manpower and the equipment to help collect, transport, store, and clean all of the toys. Additionally, throughout January, there is a need for volunteers to help sort and clean the toys before they are delivered. This is a great opportunity for students, churches, service groups, or anyone looking to donate time to a worthy cause. Please contact Shelly Konz at 419-931-2054 or for more information about volunteering.

Since inception, the Play it Forward Toy Drive has collected thousands of toys and positively impacted hundreds of children’s lives. Donated items have been delivered to organizations such as Mom’s House, Family House and the Aurora House as well as to families that live in LMHA Housing and children active in the Lucas County Children Services program.

The Town Center at Levis Commons is a 319,000 square foot open-air lifestyle center offering a collection of national, regional and local specialty merchants. The center contains over 68,000 square feet of Class-A office space featuring views of The Town Center and unparalleled regional access via I-475, I-75 and the surrounding freeways. The developer, Hill Partners, Inc., based in Charlotte, N.C., is responsible for merchandising, retail leasing and management of the center. Reichle Klein is handling the office leasing responsibilities.

For more information on this release or to schedule an interview, please contact Allison Schroeder, Marketing Director, Hill Partners, Inc., The Town Center at Levis Commons at 419.931.8888.

January 19, 2019 | 11:00am-1:00pm