The Valley Woodworkers of West Virginia cares about our community and does what we can to improve it. Part of this is training individuals to be woodworkers, or better woodworkers that may someday turn professional or just make nice items for their family. Since 1991, the Valley Woodworkers have been making heirloom quality toy for the Salvation Army to distribute to underprivileged children at Christmas. All of the hardwood lumber used has been donated by members of the West Virginia Forestry Association. The M.L. Campbell catalyzed varnish finishes used have been donated by RMS Pro Finishes, plywood, hardware, and other supplies have been donated either by various companies or purchased with money donated by Toyota Manufacturing and other organization and individuals. Last year we donated 1064 toys consisting of doll cradles, alphabet block sets with a wagon to put them in, and cars and trucks. To date (Dec. 2016), we have donated 15, 300 toys valued at about $1.200,000.
- Dec 8th, 2013 – Channel 13 News Video – 396 toy cars, 194 doll cradles, 47 sets of alphabet block wagons and 225 blanket sets.
- Charleston Mail Article 2011 14 airplanes, 410 toy cars and trucks, 159 doll-sized cradles, 35 alphabet block sets and wagons, 12 pull toys and 23 puzzle rocking chairs.
- Toy Presentation 2010
- Toy Presentation 2009
- Toy Presentation 2008
The following companies provided materials for last year’s Salvation Army Christmas toy project. Please give them special consideration when you need materials for your projects:
- J.C. Hamer Lumber Company
- Teays Valley Hardware
- West Virginia Marine
- DeNoon Lumber Company
- Nitro Hobby and Crafts
- Toyota Manufacturing of West Virginia