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
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Letters to Scheffel-Toys



East Lansing Kindergarten & Third Grade Students







What People Are Saying
Here are some letters received by Scheffel-Toys about our toys.

Thu 6/16/2016 5:59 PM

Greetings,

We attended our last meeting with the Marble Elementary School Third Grade Class of Mrs. Rebecca Spitzer and the Developmental Kindergarten Class of Mrs. Kelly Strouse on June 1, 2016. They had a present for us which you can see.  It is a poster of the handprints of the 3rd graders and the kindergarteners.  These two classes are buddies to each other. They get together for the third graders to pair up in groups of two or three with the younger kids and read books.  Good training for both age groups. We brought toys from the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project to both classes. The pictures with this report are from the Kindergarten room.  The children really liked them all.  We had a variety of the wooden toys. There were little cars, trucks, helicopters, tic-tac-toe games and bags of wooden blocks.  Teachers gave the kids the opportunity to choose the toys they wanted.  Wooden blocks would be the last chosen we thought. We were wrong!!. The wooden blocks were among the first selected and cherished. One boy cried when he did not get the blocks.  All the children are very happy and cherish the toys.  They played with them and put them in their lockers for keepsakes.

Francis E (Frank) Moss
Kiwanis of Okemos

Thank you so much to the two of you for coming to share your time with the kids this year.  They really enjoyed the love you showed.

Kelly Strouse
Kindergarten Teacher


Thursday, January 26, 2016

Sending you our warmest wishes for the season and a healthy New Year.

Thank you for the donation of blocks, cars and dinosaurs. It was fun watching many of the kids racing the cars and dinosaurs down the hallway. (smile) So many compliments on the wooden toys! Have a wonderful holiday and a great New Year!

Thanks again,

Sparrow Pediatric Rehab


Monday, February 01, 2016 8:17 PM

Larry,

Attached is our Scheffel Toy order for 2016. Thank you again for everything you and the rest of the crew do to brighten Christmas for so many children in the greater Lansing area.

Steve Maiville
St. Vincent de Paul

Note from Larry: This puts us with 10,200+ requests for toys for 2016 with more to come, which compares to 10,746 toys built for 2015. Truly amazing!


Friday, January 29, 2016 3:54 PM

Larry, 

I am not sure if you remember me, but my name is Missy Brown. I am the former department manager at St. Lawrence Emergency Department. We have spoken many times, including a wonderful tour of your business! I am now the Director of the Emergency Department at McLaren Greater Lansing (MGL). MGL is in need of your assistance. The Emergency Department does not currently have any toys or goodies for the pediatric patients. I was wondering if you would be gracious to donate the wooden toys to MGL ER as well. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or issues regarding this request. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Missy Brown
McLaren Greater Lansing, ER


Monday, January 4, 2016 2:31 PM

Subject: RE: It is Toy Ordering Time for 2016

Santa's Elves,

What awesome work you all do!!!  Thanks again for all you do for our program and our children.  It is especially nice to have a wide selection for our boys.  Many school materials are more girl oriented than boy oriented.  This year I would like to request 50 bags of blocks and 50 semi trucks.  If that order is too big, 25 of each would be fine.

Thank you!

Deb Hill,
CACS-Head Start
 


Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:33 PM

Hi, Larry,

I hope you are doing well today. I poled the work sites and it looks like we will need about 500 memory boxes this year.  We have some left from last year but we are growing fast. We appreciate your work and kind heart. The children love the boxes. I met a man not too long ago who came here when he was younger and he still has his memory box. Awesome!!

Thanks so much,

Patricia Gundrum, MSW, LMSW
Ele’s Place - Program Director
Lansing, Michigan


April 23, 2015

Thank you for your generous gift of 240 memory boxes, which will support grieving children and their families at Ele's Place.

Your support helps children throughout Mid-Michigan to cope with the death of a parent, sibling or other loved one. Before coming to Ele's Place, these children are devastated by their loss and often keep their feelings inside, not wanting to burden their grieving family or share with friends who don't understand if they haven't had a similar loss. They feel very alone until they come to Ele's Place, where over 200 children meet each week with new friends who really understand how they feel. In addition, over 200 grieving children this year will connect with each other in their schools through our Ele's Group school-based program. You are making it possible for Ele's Place to help all these children find hope and begin to heal.

Again, on behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and families at Ele's Place, thank you for caring enough to make a generous gift.

Sincerely,

Dan Layman, Managing Director
Sara Miller, Events and Development Coordinator


Fri 1/30/2015

Larry asked me to send you a photo I took of the "Memory Boxes" that were given to St. Paul's Church last fall sometime. The Memory Boxes in the photo were given to some Bhutanese women from Africa.  They were most grateful, and they very pleased with the boxes.  They are very warm people and they were delighted with the boxes. They are just learning to speak English.

Likely see will you some time on later April or early May! hat is if the Good Lord is willin' and the creek don't rise.

John Irwin
Toy Project Volunteer &
St. Pauls Church member


4/19/2013

The Williamston Kiwanis Club is pleased to make a donation to the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project. As you know, we recently visited "Santa's Workshop" and selected several toys for the Kiwanis Christmas Toys-for-Kids Project as well as toys for Mr. & Mrs. Santa to hand out at Christmas time to needy children. We can't thank the crew at R.J. Scheffel's enough for all you do...but we certainly hope you know how much your "work" is appreciated!

Gwen Hulbert , Treasurer & Toy Project Chair
Williamston Kiwanis Club

4/16/2013

We are so thrilled to have the memory boxes that were dropped off yesterday. I know when our Camp Sparkle coordinator gets here today she will be ecstatic. When we put them to full use with the kids at camp, we will be sure to send you some photos and stories. Thank you so much for this amazing mission that you have found for yourself and for all the meaning that these memory boxes will have for our kids.

Beth Nelson, LMSW, Program Director
Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

4/8/2013

Thanks you for your generous gift of 100 beautiful memory boxes. Our children and their families at Ele's Place treasure them. Your support helps children throughout Mid-Michigan cope with the death of life-threatening illness of a parent, sibling or other loved one. Before coming to Ele's Place, these children are devastated by their loss and often keep their feelings inside, not wanting to burden their grieving family or share with friends who don't understand if they haven't had a similar loss. They feel very alone until they come to Ele's Place, where over 200 children meet each week with new friends who really understand how they feel. In addition, over 200 grieving children this year will connect with each other in their schools through our Ele's Grooup school-based program. You are making it possible for Ele's Place to help all these children find hope and begin to heal.

Lori Bosch, Managing Director
Laurie Strauss Baumer, President & CEO
Ele's Place

1/15/2013

I saw the fire engines and loved them! As I may have told you, my husband worked for Lansing Fire Dept so I thought those trucks were something special! We appreciate all of the toys that you and your team provide to us! It makes the stay for the children a bit more enjoyable…if a trip to the ER could ever be called enjoyable! Please send out thanks and gratitude to your entire team. You guys do great work!!

Stacey Peacock RN, BSN, MSN -
Manager Emergency Department and Critical Care Transport
Sparrow Hospital Main Campus

12/10/2012

We had the Christmas party last Friday for the severely handicapped youngsters that are in wheel chairs, or hearing or speech impaired or with other disabilities. The wooden dogs and airplanes designed and built at Toy Project were a big hit with the kids. I used them as table decorations at each child’s place. They loved them! It was a great party. Merry Christmas!

Cathy Andrews, Administrator
Rotary Club of Lansing

 
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