How to NOT get components from grandchildren ?

Hello everybody.
I’m working on a load/save sub-system for a game, and I want the saves to save the transform data of various items that are in the scene. So here’s what I’ve done:
I added all items that are in the scene in a single gameObject named ‘Items’, and I use GetComponentsInChildren<>() to get the transforms. So when a save file is loaded, the script finds the ‘Items’ gameObject, runs GetComponentsInChildren<>(), and if the name of the gameObject in the save file is the same as the name of the gameObject of a particular transform in the array that is returned by GetComponentsInChildren<>(), it changes the transform data to the ones of the save file.

There is a problem though.
You see, the items are gameObjects that have their own children, often things like LOD meshes, or other meshes that become visible under certain circumstances etc. And GetComponentsInChildren<>() not only returns the transforms of the children, but also the grandchildren. And that is a problem.
Because a child gameObject of an Item object may contain a gameObject with the exact same name as the child gameObject of another Item. So if you have like some instances of an Item in the scene, the meshes of all move to one single position, making all instances but one to be ‘invisible’.

So, is there an easy way to get all the components of children ONLY, and not the grandchildren ?
Please tell me there is one.

Try the following solution (not tested)

Create a new C# file called GameObjectExtensions.cs and put the following code

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public static class GameObjectExtensions
    public static T[] GetComponentsInDirectChildren<T>( this GameObject gameObject ) where T : Component
        List<T> components = new List<T>();
        for( int i = 0 ; i < gameObject.transform.childCount ; ++i )
            T component = gameObject.transform.GetChild( i ).GetComponent<T>();
            if( component != null )
                components.Add( component ) ;
        return components.ToArray();

Then, in your code :

MyScript[] scripts = gameObject.GetComponentsInDirectChildren<MyScript>();