Returning Toys To Heal

By Kelly McCarthy

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Members of a local church community are putting their feelings of sorrow for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting into action. They are calling for a change in christmas should be celebrated this year.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish says toys and video games that depict violence should not be given out as gifts, instead children should learn the real impacts that could come from these fantasy situations.

Members say if there are some under the tree for your family the Parish will collect the unopened toys and return them.

"We're asking that you don't open them. Have a conversation with your daughter or son, have a conversation about these toys, connect it to Newtown. CT," said Fr. Tim Taugher of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Parish Hall will receive the items Dec. 26th through Jan. 1st.

"Return your toys, PlayStation's, video games, all that stuff. Don't open them. Bing the sales slip, we'll take it back to the stores, and then the proceeds will go down to Newtown to help begin maybe teaching about conflict resolution," said Fr. Taugher.

Saint Francis will also collect old toys that have already been opened and used.

They can be dropped off at the Parish Hall on Chenango Street in Binghamton.

Money from returned toys will be sent directly to Newtown, Connecticut.