Based in New Port Richey, The ToyMakers Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that consists entirely of volunteers (approximately 70 men and women) who donate their time to making simple wooden toys for sick and needy children in the Tampa Bay Area including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties. They have been providing free hand made toys to needy and sick children since 1982 just reaching an accumulated total of 300,000 toys. Last year the group made and distributed 20,000 toys, including nearly 1,800 handmade dolls, to 27 different agencies in the Tampa Bay Area. Toys are delivered every three months to agencies such as All Children’s Hospital, All Children’s Speciality Care, the Ronald McDonald Houses, Salvation Army, Shriner’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute, Tampa Children’s Hospital, Youth and Family Alternatives, the Enrichment Centers of Hernando, and local Police and Fire departments.
They are always looking for additional volunteers to help create and paint the toys. If you have some free time on your hands they will teach you everything you need to know to build toys and furnish all of the supplies that you need. They have a work shop in Hudson at Little Road and SR 52 that you can work at or you are free to work at home (and you are not under a schedule so you can work at your own pace). You can focus on one aspect of toy making such as sanding, drilling holes, painting, or assembling, or you can build toys from scratch to completion. You choose your level of involvement and what you’d like to do. The ToyMakers survive solely on the generosity of the general public and organizations. Donations of donations of materials such as wood and paint are always needed, as well as monetary donations to buy wheels, axles, sandpaper, saw blades, drills, etc. 100% of all material and money donated to is used in the making of the toys. No one in the organization receives compensation. Click here to make a tax deductible donation online now or visit http://www.thetoymakers.org.