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March 19, 2019
Thank you so
much for the beautiful puppet theater. The children are having
a wonderful time playing with it. Attached is a picture of the puppet
theater set up in our Creative Play Room. The coat hangers work
really well for holding the puppets, too.
appreciate all the skill and time you and everyone else spent on
creating these wonderful items for us.
Ele’s Place –
Place asked us to enlarge their puppet theater. Most of the work was
done by Ed Heaviland.)
January 26, 2019
post by Adel Wentworth DiOrio:
you! My son has attended the spina bifida clinic at Sparrow Hospital
years and years. He always looks forward to choosing a toy to keep him
occupied and happy between clinicians and beyond. He's enjoyed a
career, a helicopter, a dinosaur. And this penny hockey has proven to
be his all time favorite! What a meaningful and beautiful project.
So glad that he like it. I got the idea from a middle school principal.
She said the kids would love to come into her office and play it. I
guess she was right. We made about 90 last year. I've got about 60
started so far.
Gene Klco, Toy Shop volunteer
On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Kayla Agueros wrote:
Hi, my name is
Kayla Agueros and my daughter received one of your fish pull toys from
her doctor's office and my niece loves it. I was wonder if you only
make them for organizations or can I purchase one if this is possible,
how much would it be?
A reply to
Kayla from Larry Koster, Toy Project Workshop Leader sent: Monday,
November 13, 2017
Thanks for thinking about the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project and
the toys we produce. We build toys which match requests from various
agencies in the tri-county area and we make toys in batches; then move
to another toy. We do not have toys on the shelf; we made 55 fish pull
toys this year for 3 agencies and they are gone. However, I have one
left in my car which you may have if you come to the Toy Project
location at 16991 North East Street (Old US-127). We are open on M, W
and Fridays from 8 until 11:30 am. We are closed the entire week of
By the way, we
do not sell anything. Whatever we make is given away, but we accept
donations which are used to purchase supplies for making more toys.
Thanks for helping us get additional donations for the Toy Project.
Thu 6/16/2016 5:59 PM
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.
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.
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!
Monday, February 01, 2016 8:17 PM
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.
St. Vincent de Paul
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
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.
McLaren Greater Lansing, ER
Monday, January 4, 2016 2:31 PM
Subject: RE: It
is Toy Ordering Time for 2016
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.