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Toy Team

Toy Team

In 2018, our members realized that their expertise could help meet a need for high-quality, long-lasting wooden toys for children in need. Former Guild president Gig Lewis organized the Toy Team, which is now one of the most popular Guild activities, filling the bench room to bursting each week.  The team meets on Friday afternoons to work on toys, which are then distributed throughout the year.

How do I get started?

Finish the Safety and Orientation class (this will give you your white card).

Do I need to finish all of the machine skills classes first (green card)?

Not at all!  You can start by shadowing some of our team members (we’re always looking for help with sanding, assembling, and doing the final touches on the toys).

What if I’m just curious about what goes on?

Come in on a Friday from 1 to 5 pm and talk with some of us.  We’d love to show you around.  No previous training classes are required to drop in and ask questions (no membership is required to ask questions).

Who do you give the toys to?

  • Volunteers of America

  • Local shelters

  • Family courts in Portland and Bend

  • Many others

Can we request toys from you?

  • Yes, if you are a nonprofit organization.  If you have a specific request, contact us at least 3 months in advance. This will help us understand the needs and age ranges of the recipients.

  • Not all requests can be fulfilled.  Your requests will depend on the availability of build time, supplies, and members available to finish the project.

Are they safe for my child?

We use wood, food-grade mineral oil and food-safe glue in our projects.  When making toys for younger kids, we make sure that all of the parts are large enough to prevent choking.  Our more intricate toys are meant for an older audience and could have smaller and more delicate parts.

Your toys look amazing!  Can we buy them?

No and yes. Or, usually no and rarely yes.  Right now, we only sell a small fraction of our toys at the annual  Gathering of the Guilds (October 2020) and Multnomah Days (August 2020).  The money earned goes back to purchase some of the parts necessary to make our toys.  None of us ever profit from the sale of the toys that we make for the Guild.

We would love to donate (wood, money, supplies).......how do we go about doing it?

We appreciate all offers.  Being a 501(c)(3) organization, your donation may be tax deductible.  If you are interested or have questions please send an email to the team leader.

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