Kids in one Long Island town are being encouraged to swap their toy guns for “peaceful” gifts this holiday season.
The first Toy Gun Exchange program kicked off Wednesday at Kennedy Memorial Park in Hempstead. Almost 200 toy guns were turned in for dolls, puzzles, indoor footballs and other gifts.
“Children are our future,” said philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, who funded the program with the Hempstead Board of Education. “If we can teach them violent toys and violent guns aren’t for everyone, then we will make a huge difference in our future.”
In October a 12-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed when a stray bullet pierced the wall of her Hempstead home.
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