PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Valley woman is making sure kids less fortunate don't miss out on fun play and learning time — and that is Something Good!

Kristy Hite started making "toy kitchen bins" a few years ago for her niece and for friends. When Christmas rolled around, she thought how great it would be to make put together these toys for children in need. The toys can be used for playing restaurant and chef. They could be used to teach shapes and colors. After all, we know how kids learn through play.

Hite's efforts were put on hold last year because of the pandemic. But the year before, she collected enough to create nearly two dozen kitchens. They were donated to a New Leaf in Mesa, a nonprofit that works with families who are recovering from homelessness or on the brink of being on the streets. Hite is now back to collecting gently used kitchen and food toys, which she cleans and disinfects, to put together more bins to donate.

So here's how you can help: If you have any kitchen themed toys that your child has outgrown, that are in fairly decent condition, she'd love to get them from you. Hite says she's even willing to pay for such toys, including any toy kitchen appliances. You can contact her at

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