New program offers families gift cards for toy guns

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — There’s already a program in the Cleveland area where adults can “sell” their weapons for gift cards.

Now, residents can get gift cards for toy guns in a new event being held Saturday.

The Toy Gun Buy Back Program is being hosted by the Rid-All Foundation and Gloria Pointer Teen Movement.

It will be held Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland, 6114 Broadway Ave., from noon to 2 p.m.

The first 200 parents who bring their child or children to turn in a toy gun — including pellet or replica guns — will get a $25 gift card for Dave’s markets. Each child will also receive a Rid-All comic book.

Gift card are limited to one per family.

According to a release from the two organizations, the event is meant to help address violence in Cleveland, and was accelerated after the police-involved shooting death of Tamir Rice, 12.

Rice was shot by Cleveland police at Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, after police received a report of a man with a gun at the rec center. Rice actually was in possession of an airsoft pistol.

The event is meant to remove the toys from the streets while providing an alternative to guns as toys. It will also offer parents information on activities and programs for their children.

For more information on the Toy Gun Buy Back, please contact Gloria Pointer Teen Movement at 216-999-8573 or Rid-All at 216-990-8191.

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