Young siblings ‘spawn’ nonprofit to help with pandemic

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Alec and Stella Kirnos display products produced through their nonprofit, Spawn Toys. Proceeds benefit the CDC Foundation and the NAACP.

Two young siblings from Los Altos aren’t just waiting out the pandemic – they are taking action to help others get through it.

The inspiration for Spawn Toys came not only from the abundance of free time the Kirnos kids have had during the pandemic, according to their mom, Margarita Golod, but also from the societal changes going on throughout the country. Golod said that now more than ever, it is essential to teach children that their voices and actions can make a significant impact.

She said the mission of Spawn Toys is “to be a positive influence in the world right now, but also to inspire others to be creative and use their time well.”

Both kids said they wanted to fill their free days learning new skills that can help bring positive changes in the world.

“There was so much time to do something,” Stella said, “and I thought it would be very cool to create a business and do more, to make toys and make a website, do marketing.”

Alec added, “I also had a lot of time and there was basically nothing to do, so I was, like … maybe we can create a company to donate to a foundation that can help stop racism.”

Golod noted that the philanthropic nature of the business stems from honest conversations she’s had with her children. Stella and Alec reacted to news of racism in the U.S. and COVID-19 across the world with a need to take action.

“I want to keep the dialogue alive with my children about things that are happening, but also how they can contribute to society and be useful and helpful, no matter what age,” Golod said.
The 3D printed products sold by Spawn Toys aren’t only toys. Along with fidget spinners, items for sale include contactless button presses, hygienic toothbrush holders and cake toppers. Stella and Alec have designed some of the products, Golod said, and others were created by community members. Those who have product ideas are welcome to submit them, she added.

Local customers who purchase products from the Spawn Toys website will receive their items on their doorsteps in one to two days, Golad said; those from outside the area will get them in three to five business days.

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