The club’s biggest annual membership project is making Christmas toys & gifts for deserving area children. In past years increasing numbers of toys and gift items were built with recent efforts resulting in over 400 toys and gifts donated to local groups in Garland and Saline County, Arkansas. Recipient groups include: Mountain Pine Head Start, Garland County Foster Children, Hot Springs Hillcrest Childrens Home and Benton County Community Christian Outreach programs. In addition to building toys for younger children, the members also build gifts for older children, such as, hardwood jewelry boxes and storage chests/boxes.
2012 Toy Project Director, Terry Jasecki
2012 Toy Project Director, Terry Jasecki, kicked off the Toys Distribution part of the November Club meeting. Over 400 club members made Christmas toys and gifts were on display and pickup on group assigned tables. Each of the 7 receiving organizations and groups had representatives that spoke about the needy children that would be receiving the toys at their Christmas parties. Sincere thank yous were given to the club members that built the toys and gifts.
A special thanks goes out to the “Doll Ladies” who refurbish dolls and make doll clothing and blankets for dolls placed in woodworker built cradles and highchairs.
Garland County Foster Parents Group
Garland County Foster Parents Group Representative, Gene Dunne accepts the HSV Christmas Toys.
Christian Outreach Representatives, Brenda and Renee and some of the children accept their HSV Christmas Toys.
Masonic Lodge 365
Masonic Lodge 365 Representative , Lee, accepts the 2012 Christmas Toy Donations.
Hillcrest Children's Home Center
Hillcrest Children's Home Center Representative, Shanna, accepts the HSV Christmas Toys
Mountain Pine Preschool Head Start
Mountain Pine Preschool Head Start Representative, Alan Feather, accepts the HSV Christmas toys.
Ouachita Children's Center
Ouachita Children's Center Representatives, Linda and Sue, accept their HSV Christmas Toys
2012 Christmas Toy Sales
Some of the toys were even for sale.