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.

Memory Boxes
Memory boxes at 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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Another Successful Year Completed 2015

As many of you know the last of the rocking horses and the red wagons were assembled on Monday, November 30th. Several of the agencies picked their 'wish list' of toys on Friday, December 4th. CAPS and the Child Life department of Sparrow Hospital picked up their balance of toys at noontime on Monday, December 7th. Yes, the cupboard is now bare. Only two large dinosaurs remain the shelf.

See the summary list of toys produced during the past 5-years. Go here.

From 2011 through 2015, more than 45,664 wooden toys were built by the volunteers. In 2015, 10,746 toys were made, and this was the largest number for any one year in our project history. In fact, Elves have produced 114,000 games, memory boxes and toys during the past 15 years. Please slap yourselves on the back for a job well done for 2015 and the past 15 years!

Happy Holidays and many thanks for a job well done,

Larry Koster
Operations Manager

Open House ...

On August 13, 2015 was a success!

Checkout photos by Gene Klco here. Click "Next" to see more photos.


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 has a new facility in operation and is producing at full capacity. Everything is pretty much in place so woodcutting equipment is operational, painting supplies are ready for use, and work benches are located for building new toys for needy children. Guests are welcome to take a tour and 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.


Interview of Larry Koster on Michigan Business Network

Click here to hear an interview of Scheffel Toys' Larry Koster by Chris Holman on Michigan Business Network.

Scheffel Toys Receives Community Service Award

Dennis Dudley, President of the Board, R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project, and Larry Koster, Operations Manager, accepted the South Lansing Business Association’s Community Service Award for 2011 at their annual Awards Dinner. See the picture at left picturing Dudley, Koster and State Rep. Joan Bauer with a resolution from the Michigan Legislature.

Scheffel and Elves In Lansing State Journal


The Lansing State Journal spent some time watching our elves 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 that 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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