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DuPage Woodworkers Club Crafts Toys for Impoverished Children

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  • A few of the toys handcrafted by the DuPage Woodworkers Club.

    A few of the toys handcrafted by the DuPage Woodworkers Club.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Rebecca Megchelsen

Recently, the DuPage Woodworkers Club donated hundreds of beautiful wooden toys to the Humanitarian Service Project of DuPage, to be distributed to needy children this Christmas. The project organizer Rick Ogren and club President Dale Gustafson came to HSP's center to deliver the donation. Throughout the year, the members of the DuPage Woodworkers Club carefully handcrafted each of the toys. The skillfully made toys range from cars to animals, boats, crayon holders and more! They are a very unique addition to the gifts HSP is distributing to children this Christmas.

In all, the Dupage Woodworkers Club made more than 2,650 toys this year to be donated to the needy children across the area. HSP is grateful to have been chosen as one of the recipients of their efforts for the 5th year in a row. In addition to HSP, the woodworkers also distributed toys to benefit the Eisenhower Cooperative in Midlothian, the Lions Club of Darien, Mutual Ground in Aurora, St. James Catholic Church, Family Shelter Service in Downers Grove and Ronald McDonald House.

The toys the DuPage woodworkers created will be given to the children in HSP's Christmas Offering. All the children in the Christmas Offering receive Christmas gifts, and 150 of the neediest families receive 3-4 weeks' worth of groceries, including fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, meat and non-perishable items, to help them get through the Christmas season. Last year, 1,600 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received food.