Charlottesville toy store collecting donations for incoming Afghan families

Alakazam Toys collecting donations for incoming Afghan families.
Alakazam Toys collecting donations for incoming Afghan families.(WVIR)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 1:53 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville toy store is partnering with the International Rescue Committee to collect donations for incoming Afghan families. The initiative was started by “Hot Mom’s of Cville” Lindsey Tessada, who runs monthly initiatives to give back to the community.

“I just got to work on Instagram and started spreading the word, and it spread so quickly and I’ve raised more money than I have in any of my other initiatives in such a short amount of time,” Tessada said. “I think people are just feeling called to really help because these are going to be people that are going to be coming into this community traumatized and there is a tangible act that we can all do to help them.”

Alakazam Toys is asking for unused and unopened toiletry and hygiene projects. Donations can also be made through Venmo.

“We’ve seen an overwhelming response. I think people really want to help and they don’t know how, which is how I got into this. I just thought, ‘Oh gosh, things feel so desperate, what can I do?’ I just think it’s been so amazing, people in this community are amazing,” Alakazam owner Ellen Joy said.

Donations will be picked up in the morning on Sunday, August 28.

Alakazam Toys is located at 100 E. Main Street, on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

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