Toy build

 


Toy Build 2018

 

                  

  

The cradles are exceptional, for their workmanship, and because they also come with beautiful handmade quilts donated by the San Fernando Valley Quilters Guild. In addition, we received 105 handmade dolls to go into the cradles from Dollies Making a Difference. Thanks to Cindy Simon and the people at Dollies Making a Difference (dolliesmakingadifference.org) for working with our club, and also for helping out in wrapping the dollies this year at the Toy Build.

We are thankful to shop teacher Mark Pomerantz at the El Camino Real Charter High School, who lets us work in his space, and his students help out as well. We count on their support on the Toy Build weekend in October.

We had major support this year (as always) from both Anderson Plywood and Swaner Lumber for donating the majority of the wood used to make our toys, and we are grateful to them for their continued support.

 

Organizations who received our toys this year include:

 

Ascension Lutheran Church: Providing holiday assistance to underserved children in Thousand Oaks. https://alcto.org/lutheransocial-services/

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles: https://catholiccharitiesla.org/ san-fernando-region/

 LA County Child and Family Services: http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/ We donate to West San Fernando Valley office, where our toys are given to children in distress.

Family Rescue Center: https://www.rescatefamilycenter.org/ Serving west San Fernando Valley.

Haven Hills: https://havenhills.org/en/who-we-are/ HHC LA: https://hhcla.org/

Hope Fellowship: https://hpflwshp4.org/ Serving Sun Valley and neighboring communities.

 Jewish Family Services, HOPE: https://www.jfsla.org/hope

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS: Grant Christensen donates to holiday program for kids Our Saviour Center: Episcopal outreach child care program in El Monte.  https://www.churchofoursaviour.org/newsletter/2018/7/27/ our-saviour-center

Penny Lane Centers: pennylane.org – Serves homeless and troubled families. N. Hills.

Safe Passage: safepassagelives.org – Serves domestic violence victims and families, located in Van Nuys.

Swaner: swanerlumber.org – Receives toys from us, which are in turn donated to Children’s Hospital.

Toy Loan Program DPSSLA: http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/ portal/dpss/main/programs-and-services/toy-loan/ – ‘Toy lending library’ where children check toys out and can ‘earn’ toys.

 

A thank you drawing from a recipient of a treasure chest.

We would like to thank El Camino Real Charter High School for the use of their wood shop  again this year, and for the current, and former students from the advanced woodshop class for assisting us in our 2017 build.  We also want to thank Swaner Lumber, Valencia Lumber, and Anderson Plywood for the donation of the wood we used to make the toys.  And our thanks to the San Fernando Valley Quilters Guild for making, and donating the quilts and blankets.

This year, we made 945 mirrors, cradles, block trucks, pick-up trucks, white erase boards, flat-top boxes, treasure chests, barrel trucks and yoyo’s.  

​Organizations that received our toys in 2017 include:

​     Assistance League of Southern California/Foster Children’s Resource Center
     LA Department of Children and Family Services
     Penny Lane Shelter
​     Los Angeles County Toy Loan Program by the Department of Public Services
     Haven Hills Battered Women’s Shelter
     Family Rescue Center
     Cloud and Fire Ministries
     Safe Passage Battered Women’s Shelter
     Lutheran Social Services
     Our Saviour Center
     The Church of Latter Day Saints

     Family Services Violence Project

     Catholic Charitiies

     Alexandria Shelter House

     San Fernando Valley Veteran’s Employment Agency

 

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