Benevilla today announced that the Royal Oaks Wooden Toy Crafters have donated new, handmade wooden toys to Wirtzie’s Preschool & Child Care.
Royal Oaks Wooden Toy Crafters was formed from a core group of Royal Oaks residents. The group was conceived and established with the idea of providing simple wooden toys to children’s hospitals, foster homes, shelters for women, and other organizations that provide care for pre-school children.
The toys are developed from ideas presented by volunteers then patterns are made and refined as necessary to try to make a toy that is safe as safety is a primary issue. Finishes on the toys are done only with non-toxic paints or oils and are sanded to insure there are no sharp edges or splinters.
“We are thrilled that these children are able to enjoy our toys,” said Fred Delay, the Royal Oaks resident who spearheads the Toy Crafters. “This holiday season, we are distributing more than 850 of the wooden toys to children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Faith House, Benevilla, UMOM, and many day care centers. The volunteers who make the toys here are so happy to see the smiles on children’s faces.”
“We want to thank the Royal Oaks Wood Toy Crafters for thinking of Wirtzie’s,” said Gwen Shawley, director of Wirtzie’s. “Generous donations like this help keep our kids engaged, learning, and having fun, and keep our programs advancing. Community support is so important to Wirtzie’s, and a gift like this really makes a difference.”