Madison woman invites community to “shop for tots” by using toys as payment

MADISON, Ala. - Sharonda Grandberry has a heart for helping others, that stems from a painful past.

"Like me, in my childhood when I was younger, it wasn't a very fortunate childhood," Grandberry said. "So, during Christmas, and Christmas time, it was always pleasant to see toys, and to open gifts, and to laugh, and to listen to Christmas music."

Grandberry is not interested in money for herself, rather offerings for others. She hosting a "Shop for Tots" event on Saturday at Alabama A&M University from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The shopping day is a chance for people "purchase" clothing, baby items and accessories through donating unused toys and gently used bicycles.

"You come in with your toys and tickets will be given to you," Grandberry said.

Those tickets allow people to purchase items they see at the event.

"When you arrive at the Alabama A&M Student Health and Wellness Center, I will have tons of racks, it will probably be full," Grandberry said. "Shoes, accessories, baby items."

As for the toys the community donate, those help local students.

"When they open those toys, the parents that have already registered for the Toys for Tots program, they know that someone behind the scenes wanted to show love and to show joy," Grandberry said.