Facebook post by
Adel Wentworth DiOrio:
Thank 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.
Scheffel Toys Reply:
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
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
Hi Kayla, 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 Thanksgiving.
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
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.
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!
Sparrow Pediatric Rehab
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
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!
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
January 4, 2016 2:31 PM
Subject: RE: It is Toy
Ordering Time for 2016
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.