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Aerospace group gifts toys that inspire STEM careers

When you think back on your childhood, was there a toy that inspired you to go into the work that you do now? The Aerospace Futures Alliance aims to inspire kids to consider careers that might include jobs in science, engineering, technology and math.

An aerospace association will collect and distribute educational toys for kids this week in hopes of encouraging children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, including jobs at companies that design airplanes, spacecraft, and the parts and services that go into them.

Members of Aerospace Futures Alliance will gather Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at 1700 Westlake Avenue North in Seattle, which houses TLG Aerospace, where they will put their toy donations on board an old fire truck.

The truck will then help distribute those toys to organizations, such as Communities In Schools of Kent, which will put those toys into the hands of kids and in some cases classrooms at community centers, such as the Birch Creek Youth Center in Kent.

Surrounding TLG’s office Christmas tree alone there are more than 40 toys awaiting distribution.

This is the first STEM toy drive for the Aerospace Futures Alliance.

If you’re not a member and have a new unwrapped educational toy to donate, consider dropping by TLG Aerospace Thursday night.