Elves in Toyland make a difference for disabled children

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The holidays are on the way which means plenty of children are making wish lists and toys are most likely at the top of their list. However, for some children with disabilities making a battery operated toy work is a struggle.

Larry Ward, a volunteer "elf" said "Some of the children we deal with they cannot handle and manipulate very well. They might have a single movement they can use the head movement or their elbow."

The East Tennessee Technology Access Center needs your donations of battery operated toys to make "Toy Tech 2012" happen this year for dozens of children with disabilities.

Once the donated toys enter the ETTAC workshop; dedicated volunteers will rewire the toys to make them easier to operate.

"We look for the on/off switch and rewire the button. We attach a wire to the button so it's easier to reach the switch." said Larry

All the adapted toys are given to hundreds of disabled children in East Tennessee free of charge.

Lois Symington the ETTAC Director said "If a family wanted to buy a toy that was adapted; it would cost anywhere from $50 to $100 for just one toy and that adds up for families"

Lois also told us "It's more than just making sure kids get toys. It's helping kids with disabilities learn and be apart of a play group rather than being apart from."

If you're interested in helping; please follow the link at the bottom of the page or call ETTAC at 865-219-0130