Community members taking action against violence

Rid-All Foundation to host second “Toy Gun Buy Back Program” this Saturday, June 27th from Noon – 5 p.m.

Rid- All Farm

A section of Rid-All Farm, an urban farm in Cleveland, OH.

Cleveland, OH – Gun violence continues to plague our communities and the Rid-All Foundation will continue to raise awareness around this issue with a second “Toy Gun Buy Back Program” on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Rid-All Urban Farm, 8129 Otter Road (off East 82nd and Kinsman) from Noon – 5 p.m.

During this event, the Foundation will also unveil the sixth edition of its Brink City Comic Book, which is a special edition focused on the dangers of guns and gun violence. The comic books serve a two-fold purpose – educating youth on the effect that “woes” such as contaminated soil and food deserts have on our communities, and to give them an alternative perspective on how they can improve their health and support their community. The “Toy Gun Buy Back Program” is an opportunity to remove these “toys” from the streets while at the same time providing an alternative to “guns as toys” while offering parents information on more sustainable and productive activities for their children.

The buyback furthers Rid-All’s “Shoot Hoops Not Guns” program started a few years ago with the support of local stars such as retired Cavaliers point guard Austin Carr, and local caterer Tom Paige. “The goal of our programming is to raise awareness for parents who purchase guns for their children, and to put something else in their hands (rather than a toy gun) that is safe and sustainable,” said Damien Forshe, co-founder of the Rid-All Foundation.

As part of Saturday’s program, the first 100 parents who bring their child or children to turn in a toy gun (including pellet or replica guns) will receive a $25 Dave’s Gift Card and each child will receive a Rid-All comic book. The gift cards are limited to one per family. The afternoon will also include free hot dogs, music and a tour of the Rid-All farm. For more information on the Toy Gun Buy Back, please contact Rid-All at 216-990-8191.

About Rid-All – Our mission is to transform communities, starting with 3 acres in Cleveland’s Kinsman Neighborhood, known as the Forgotten Triangle.   We’ve reclaimed the land for growing fruits and vegetables, farming fish, creating soil from food waste discarded by others and more. We’ve constructed two green houses, four hoop houses, a tepee and an edible trail to add to our fish farming.  The Rid-All organization has also developed a keen interest in youth development and has implemented programs such as essay contests, science education programs for Cleveland Metropolitan School students and a summer Youth Farmer Leadership Program.  Visit ridall.org for more information.

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