Kiwanis adapt toys for children with disabilities

Bonnie Smith, Natalie Wardega, Kevin Walker and Hal Paul adapting toys. Photo by Victor Rutkoski

The Westlake Kiwanis held a RePlay for Kids project on Tuesday, May 10, at Westlake Porter Public Library. Eight members and three guests volunteered their time to work on the toys.

They adapted the toys so they can be used by children with disabilities. It involves taking apart the toys and installing switches which can be used to make the toys operate in various ways, such as blowing into a tube or touching with the side of a head. They managed to complete 30 toys which is the most they have ever done. As usual, Natalie Wardega, director of operations for RePlay for Kids, led the group.

To learn more about volunteering with RePlay For Kids, a non-profit organization based in Medina, check their website at for dates and times of future workshops. They also accept donations of new or gently used toys and monetary donations.

If you're interested in helping with a project like this why not join the Westlake Kiwanis, a hands-on community organization dedicated to helping children. Contact George Christ at 440-871-3980 or

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.17.2016