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.
2015 Toy Projects Director, Doug Lambert
Many wonderful toys and gifts were created by our members for our Christmas Toys Donation Project in 2015. Toy Project Director Doug Lambert reported that there were 400 Woodworker built toys and gifts.
Organizations Supported by 2015 Toys Project
Doug showed a list of Organizations Supported by the 2015 Village Woodworkers Christmas Toys Project. He introduced representatives from the recipient groups who each made short presentations about their organizations and the children who will be receiving the toys and gifts.
Compact Family Services
Compact Family Services Representative Richelle Wingo thanked the Woodworkers for the much appreciated toys donated to the Compact Family Services groups.
Compact Family Services
Richelle explained the different functions and services provided by Compact, which we typically refer to as "Hillcrest".
Benton Based Community Christian Outreach Group
Benton Based Community Christian Outreach Group Representative Brenda Burton explained their program and how the Woodworker toys are often the only toys the children receive.
Lake Hamilton Headstart Programs Reps
Lake Hamilton Reps thanked the Woodworkers for the much appreciated toys donated to the Lake Hamilton Headstart programs
Mt. Pine Head Start and Mt. Pine Preschool Programs
Victor WIlliams of the Kiwanis thanked the Woodworkers for terrific toys donated to the Mt. Pine Head Start and Mt. Pine Preschool Programs
Garland County Foster Parents Group
Garland County Foster Parents Group Representative Tom Braswell thanked the Woodworkers for the great toys.
2015 Toy Project Tracking Chart
Doug Lambert showed the table for tracking toys required for each organization. More than 400 Woodworker built Christmas toys were on display and are shown below.