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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Final Report for 2016

The Toy Shop is closed for the 2016 building season and the final toys for the local community agencies were picked up Friday, December 2nd. 

Production will resume Wednesday, January 4th, with action in the cutting room. There will be nothing to paint until about the week of January 16th.

We have 21 responses so far from the invitation to Toy Project dinner this month. Very nice!

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 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.


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 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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