R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
16991 Old U.S. 27 Suite A - Lansing, Michigan ... Mailing Address: PO Box 23181, Lansing, MI 48909-3181

Toy Makers for Disadvantaged and "In Crisis" Children
People do not stop doing things because they get older;
They get older because they stop doing things.

Click here to view a map for getting to our Toy Project location.

Major contributions were received in recent years from Delta Kiwanis Club, South Lansing Kiwanis, Haslett Kiwanis, and Lansing Kiwanis.

Please Make a Contribution or Donation

Our Toy Project relies on contributions and donations which are tax deductable as charitable contributions. 


Contributions may be sent by mail to:
   R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
   P. O. Box 23181
   Lansing, MI 48909-3181

To Make Donations:
   Email: donations@scheffel-toys.org

When you contribute to the Capital Area United Way campaign (Lansing area), please consider designating your donation to the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project. Thank you.

The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is a 501(c)3 organization which has operated for more than 30 years.


Memory Boxes
Memory boxes for Bhutanese Project at St. Paul's Church, Lansing

A Child adds some finishing touches to a Memory Box at Ele's Place in Ann Arbor

Memory Boxes Decorated by Children at Gilda's Club

R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project receives Community Service Award. See story on the right.

Clayton Vandecar celebrates his 99th birthday with the help of other Scheffel elves

Joseph J. Ruth, Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer of Sparrow Hospital presents a check to Sheffel Toys President Dennis Dudley on November 21st, 2007. Observing are Richard C. Northrup (on the left) and Larry Koster

Sparrow Pediatric Rehab Staff

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R. J. Scheffel Toy Project

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 11:30 am—1:00 pm

A light lunch will be provided.

 Special Presentation

Gene Klco, Volunteer Toymaker and Board Member
Will share videos of how the toys are made.

The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project provides wooden toys,
games and memory boxes, free of charge, to children
 who are needy, disadvantaged, homeless, or in crisis.
We are “Toy Makers” for children
in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties.


R. J. Scheffel Toy Project Workshop

16991 Old US-27, Suite A

Corner of Sheridan Rd

Lansing, MI 

 The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is a
501(c)3 organization, has been in operation
for more than 30 years, and has produced
more than 50,000 toys for area children
in the last five years alone!


Another Great Year Completed - 2017


Wed 11/15/2017 5:09 PM

It was another great year in 2017 at the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project. Volunteers made in excess of 9,000 items: games, memory boxes and toys. It was another job well done; thanks to all.

The Toy Shop will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving, and there is no need for volunteers on Friday, November 17th.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Larry Koster
Toy Project General Operations Manager:

Toy Project Open House Successful - 2017

The Toy Project Open House held on Thursday, August 24, 2017, was quite a success. Turnout of guests was approx. 60-65. Borrowed cushioned chairs from the Salvation Army were filled plus the break-table chairs. Jennifer Diebel, guest speaker, described how donated toys help them serve patients at Sparrow Hospital's Pediatric Rehabilitation. Steve Whelan of the East Lansing Police spoke on getting new black SUV police cars with the door logos designed by Gene Klco and made from photographs. Their toys are distributed, especially to PAL, the Police Athletic League. Kathy Kelly from CAPS (Child Abuse Preventative Service) explained the family situations and how wooden toys help their families. Toys from the Toy Project go over big. Jack Schoettle of Indianapolis, Indiana, spoke and is grandson of Rueben Jacob Scheffel, also known as RJ Scheffel. Jack shared his experiences of growing up when his grandpa started making toys for neighbor kids. Maribeth Scheffel attended with her brother Steve who were former owners of the Goodrich Shop-Rite on Trowbridge Road. Proceeds from mailed flyers and the Open House totaled $3,500. More contributions are welcomed.

Photos at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RJScheffelToyProject/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1181286205306914

Larry Koster
General Operations Manager

Hours of Operation:

The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is open for volunteers to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 AM to 11:30 AM. 


Santa’s Workers Make Toys for Disadvantaged Kids

SANTA’S ELVES, from left to right: Tom Hazlett, Fred Honhart, Larry Koster, Patrick Scheetz, Darryl Warncke, and Tony Bauer. All are retirees of Michigan State University, except for Larry, who is an MSU alum.


The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project provides, without charge, wooden toys, memory boxes, and games, hand crafted by volunteers, for children who are disadvantaged, homeless, needy or in crisis. These and other volunteers are “Toy Makers” for disadvantaged children of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. They work towards a “wish list” provided by the Lansing Salvation Army, CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services), Ele’s Place, and the Kiwanis Club. Small, unpainted cars are made for children at the Ann Arbor Children’s Hospital and the Child Life Dept. and Mary Free Bed Re-Hab Hospital at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital.


Toy Project Operational

In Facility at 16991 Old U.S. 27 Suite A - Lansing, Michigan

Fire DamageThe R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project facility is operational and is producing at full capacity. Everything is pretty much in place so woodcutting equipment is humming, painting supplies are ready for use, and work benches are located for building new toys requested for needy children. Guests are welcome for a tour and to see our volunteers (Elves) in action!

Memory Boxes Bring Hope

According to Beth Nelson, LMSW, Program Director for Gilda’s Club, memory boxes made by volunteers at the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project help to bring hope and brighter spirits to their children, adults, families and friends. Gilda’s Club is a free cancer support community in Grand Rapids area. It is so nice to see how lovely these memory boxes become in the hands of some young artists (children) at Gilda’s Club (see picture at left). The children love to make these into memory boxes for keeping their precious items for their loved ones. Gilda’s Club is so thankful to the Toy Project for bringing these boxes to their attention.


Scheffel and Elves In Lansing State Journal


The Lansing State Journal spent some time watching our elves/volunteers get toys ready for distribution and taking pictures of the action (see LSJ photo at the right)..

Check out the Lansing State Journal story.

Chronically Ill Child Enjoys Wood Toys

"I wanted to write a little letter to say thank you for all that you do," a mother recently wrote to us. "My 6 year old son is chronically ill and has been at xx hospital 20 times in his short little life so far. He really enjoys painting his wood treasures every time that he is here. It is a great distraction to him. When he is admitted he is usually in isolation so he can’t go to the playroom to play. He proudly displays his creations at home in his own playroom. Thank you again. P.S. The LPD police car is so cute."

The Elves at Scheffel Toys are happy to hear that he is enjoying our toys.

"Wow, your memory boxes are popular! We've used every one of them which you made for us last year. Thanks so much!"

A note from Sarah at Ele's Place

The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project provides wooden toys and games, hand crafted by volunteers, for children who are disadvantaged or in crisis.
Click on "Agencies" to see list of organizations with "wish lists" which have been filled.


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