Today Dec 1, 2007 was the toy giveaway day for the Mason-Dixon Woodworkers Club Toy Workshop.
We make toys all year long and we pass them out on the first Sat in December. This is the 13 yr that it has been done. It’s grown is scope but we are still looking for people that want to volunteer to make toys. We meet on every Wednesday of the year. Our first day for the 2008 toy making in this coming Wednesday.
We had about 18 charities that showed up today. We had over 1200 toys to distribute. We don’t make contact with the children, we let the charities do that.
We usually have between 5 – 10 people that show up to assist in making the toys each week. A few more show up toward the end of the year. Some people make toys in their own workshop during the year and bring them over to be included in our giveaway.
You need to remember that these toys were make in about 50 workdays. (50 Wednesdays during the year). We do accomplish a lot. This is my first year, only started last spring.
We are associated with the RSVP Organization They track all of our volunteer time that we report to them.
Today we had the administrator of RSVP join us on our distribution day. She brought a newspaper reporter to see the distribution and talk to some of the workers and the charities.
Here are some of the pictures of what we gave away. We have about 100 toys that were not distributed but 2 charities didn’t show up and we’ll contact them this week.
The outside distribution area. It was about 35 degrees today. LumberJock dave front and center.
School desks about 25 made.
Rocking dinosaur 5 from a previous year.
George riding a dinosaur. This picture might show up in the newspaper.
Lawnmower 105 made this year.
Ring Toss 105 made this year.
Coloring book and crayon caddy. 18 from a previous year.
Race cars made by a member at his home 65 made this year. He also made the school desks.
Trucks made from left over pieces from a previous year, had to make a few new parts. Rabbit toy previous year. VW Beetle 500 made by a member a few years ago, still passing them out.
Train banks 105 new this year. Yo-Yo’s from a previous year.
Rocking chair and dolls 18 from a previous year.
Clocks. 105 made this year. Someone pointed that they might be defective because they all have a different time.
Caterpillar from Wood Magazine this year Issue?? 105 made around 10,000 pieces and 65 drill operations per caterpillar.
Doll Cradles 95 made with dolls, mattresses, pillows and blankets.
Blackboards (green type) 10 from a previous year made this year from parts left over with a few new additional parts.
Antique stake body trucks. 57 parts per each truck.
A combination picture. A little better picture of the stake body truck.
Loading one of the charities vehicle.
Merry Christmas 2007
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