Local organization adapts toys for children with disabilities

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- SPARK, formerly the East Tennessee Technology Access Center, is getting ready to host its Toy Tech event in December.

The event is a holiday party hosted every year for children with disabilities and their families and friends. Donated toys are adapted to fit the kids' needs by volunteers. At the party, the toys are given to the children and their families.

According to SPARK's website, the event is being held on December 6 at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

To register for the event go here.

If you'd like to donate a toy, call 865-219-0130.

SPARK has a list of guidelines for those who are unsure of what types of toys to donate.

According to the guidelines, the best types of toys to give are:

  • Soft
  • Powered by batteries
  • Toys with only one activation point
  • Toys that move, light up or vibrate
  • Toys that can be activated by a downward or outward motion.

For a complete list, go here.

SPARK worked with Knox Makers to modify donated toys. The group met Tuesday to work on modifications.

Jim Baity, a member for about four months, said,

"Every child should be able to get up on Christmas day and have a toy of some type under the tree."