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Blog entry by noknot posted 06-30-2010 03:56 PM 909 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was talking to lilredweldingrod the other day about doing some sort of group project or something when it hit me at 2:00 in the morning how about doing a charity deal where we (jocks) make stuff and sell it at a fundraiser for a kids charity. Im thinking makeawish foundation or childrens hospital, toys for tots. Tell me what you think!

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chrisstef

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 10:48 PM

I personally think that is a wonderful idea and would love to participate. I’d be willing to donate some reclaimed lumber to the mix as i have quite a large stack in the garage. Please let me know how i can help. I am located in Connecticut.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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grizzman

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 11:09 PM

i really love the idea and had thought of something like this before…the only problem i see is how we get the toys all is a certain area…who will sell the things or are they going to be given the the children…the only thing i see is the postage folks will pay to ship things to whoever is going to be the point man…personally i would be willing to make a bunch of smaller type toys…and ship them to a point person to take them to the children…we would need to pick who we are giving them too…then have someone to be the representative for lumber jocks and them take the toys to them…it can be done…just figuring the details is all…im willing to help…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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noknot

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 11:27 PM

Grizz I was thinking of a central location for all items with a auction at a fund raising event for the charity using the charity for the advertising and the funds going straight to the kids. Each lj that makes something would ship it to the central location. For the business types that want to take a deduction they will have proof of the donation.

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noknot

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 11:35 PM

And it doesnt have to be toys it can be anything the idea is to auction it off. Thanks guys

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wseand

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#5 posted 06-30-2010 11:43 PM

If you are willing or someone else to set it up I am willing to make something. There is not a lot of that type of stuff going on around here. great idea.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 12:34 AM

I kinda love the idea, but…

The thing is, I’ve got a ton of worthy causes in my town already that’ll take toys and whatnot from my neighborhood. Last winter I built trebuchets for the neighborhood kids (including delivering the trebuchet with some green plastic army men whose parachutes had failed to deploy, with the line that “traditionally, when the ambassadors terms were unacceptable, they were returned via trebuchet, so…”). I’ve built other toys for various kids, including some for the family we’ve adopted through the COTS Family Connection program. And I have a number of other organizations that have silent auctions, or have clients who are kids who’d love to have some nice wood toys, to build for.

So I’m reluctant to join an organized effort to build even more, but heck yes, if you’re not already doing this, it’s very fulfilling, and if LumberJocks can be used to encourage more people to reach out into their community, that’s all awesome!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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OttoH

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 01:17 AM

This could be interesting, I know there are a lot of us that are doing things for other charity events, for instance I am currently doing a Dancing Clock for an auction for gentleman that has been off of work for 8 months due to lung cancer. If there is a good way to pool our resources a common charity fund raiser could be quite the event.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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reggiek

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 02:05 AM

I too have some charities that I work with – I have made quite a few items for them to auction or provide as gifts to donors. I surely wouldn’t mind doing some projects for this though…It would probably be best if we did small ones….like pens, cutting boards..boxes..bowls..etc. Only those that would fit in those direct ship post office boxes. I would also recommend that anyone be careful about making toys (per the blog that recently appeared on LJ’s regarding the child safety laws that were enacted which may or may not apply to hobby wood workers).

I would have to say though that I pity the person that takes on this task…(I took on a much smaller project like this…and with a full time job and only a limited time in the shop, I was quickly over my head and running out of time).....I can certainly tell you that this will require alot of work and effort to get things organized and to bring all the pieces together…A LOT of work. If someone wants to do that, I will certainly give what help I can.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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mcoyfrog

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 07:49 PM

I love the idea too, something to think about if anyone is serious could be an ETSY account that one or two people managed, then the LJs that wanted to make things for the cause could mail the pieces to the person running the ETSY account. Make sure all the LJers advertise it as much as they can and maybe it would work.

Just a thought, let me know if I can help, I would be interested in know how/if it turns out…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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