Those who have visited one of the beaches in Tampa Bay recently may have spotted something new hanging out on the shore — a community toy box.
In a post made to Facebook on March 16 at approximately 9:30 am, The City of Treasure Island Florida announced the new addition.
"Visitors to Treasure Island Beach will now have access to a beach toy box. Scott Glenn of Parks and Recreation hand-built the beach toy box and designed the palm trees." the post reads, in part. It continues on to list the objectives the new addition hopes to meet, as well as the inspiration behind the toy box.
"The purpose of the box is to 'take a toy, leave a toy.'...[It] gives a place for families to place toys, provides toys for families who don't have any, [and] promotes an eco-friendly community and aesthetic."
The idea for the beach toy box came from TrashCaulin, a social media content creator with nearly 2.1 million followers and more than 50 million likes on his content across TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook.
Trash's videos take a focus of educating viewers on environmental stewardship, as well as how they can apply actionable steps to help him keep the earth beautiful and thriving for years to come — but with an entertaining twist.
"By creating highly engaging content for social media, serving as an environmental advisor on company boards, and hosting community impact events, I'm able to educate and impact both communities and businesses alike." says Caulin.
Those hoping to leave a toy for their community can find the new 'take one leave one' box on Treasure Island Beach. With beach-access parking available at different pay-rates across multiple locations, make sure to check out The City of Treasure Island's official page for the beach on their website here.
Article by Rachael Volpe