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It is almost St Nicholas time. That means presents will be picked and bought in many households in the coming weeks. But why does Sinterklaas need to buy new toys every year? It creates more waste, packaging and it is bad for the environment. While lots of living rooms have unused toys lying around. That is why we are organising a Sinterklaas Toy Exchange with Library AanZet in Hardinxveld-Giessendam on 16 November.

Environmental coach at Waardlanden Nelleke Gouw: 'A toy exchange is a smart way to celebrate Saint Nicholas cheaply and sustainably. It is a win-win situation. It not only saves a lot of money, time and purchasing stress. It also reduces unnecessary waste, packaging and use of raw materials. So reusing toys is good for the environment. Anyone who has toys at home that are no longer being used is welcome to join the Sinterklaas Toy Exchange.'

Submission times

Good, clean and complete toys can be brought to Library AanZet at Pietersweer 34 in Hardinxveld-Giessendam during opening hours on 13, 14 and 15 November. Or on Thursday 16 November between 18:15 and 19:15. Residents who want to donate, but do not want to exchange, are also welcome during the hand-in moments.

Sinterklaas Toy Exchange

For toys handed in, you will receive vouchers with points. With these vouchers, you can pick out other toys during the big swap party on Thursday evening, 16 November, from 19:30 to 20:30. The toys that remain will be donated to the toy bank. This way, together we ensure a more sustainable and affordable Sinterklaas party for everyone. Books and soft toys will not be taken and exchanged.

Give toys a second life and swap along on Thursday, 16 November!