Guild of Oregon Woodworkers
The Guild of Oregon Woodworkers and the Northwest Woodturners joined forces to provide over 200 handmade, custom wooden toys to the Portland Fire & Rescue Toy N Joy Makers for this Christmas season.
The Toy N Joy Makers mission for 95 years has been to promote the spirit of helping children and families of our community during the holiday season. This was a perfect match to the Guild's mission of community service and well supported by the Woodturners.
Both non-profit organizations have members ranging from beginners to world class professionals. They designed and built these toys with the quality to be something that these children will want to pass on to their children for generations. This donation included a variety of toy cars, pull toys, airplanes, building blocks, tug boats, puzzles, bowling kit, and beautiful doll cradles with dolls and handmade quilts made by some of the wives. Using a variety of donated wood types the toys were designed with no small parts that could be a choke hazard and were finished with food safe mineral oil making the toys safe for children of all ages.
"When we asked our members for help and local businesses for donated material to build toys for these disadvantaged children, we were overwhelmed with support. A lot of people were interested in helping these kids, especially in these tough economic times; they just needed an avenue to do so" said Ariel Enriquez, President of the Guild and Joe Jedrychowski, President of the Northwest Woodturners. "We estimate that over xxx of man hours were contributed by our members for this worthy project and the typical response from our members was that it was an honor to do so."
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