10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, November 4th
Open House and Silent Auction
We will start with toy shop tours, coffee, bagels and doughnuts at 9:30. Shop tours will end at noon. There will be toy car races and games for the kids all morning. Our friends at East Lake Fire Rescue will be on-site with a modern fire truck as well as their antique “Santa” truck and children of all ages will be able to get a short ride on this antique fire truck. In addition, there will be a K-9 demonstration by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. It will be fun for everyone. Viewing auction items and bidding will open at 9:30. The bidding will close at 11:00 when we will have lunch and beverages for all in attendance. We hope you will be able to join the fun. In addition to the Silent Auction, we will have a “Sale Table” set up outside, containing a variety of items for purchase including toys, gift cards and novelties. All proceeds go to the ToyMakers of East Lake. Read more.
Location: Park at East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685. (On East Lake Rd. north of Tarpon Woods Blvd.)
Bob Helms and Thad Pollard joined Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox and Friends on Tuesday, December 2, to showcase the toys we build. Bob and Thad really enjoyed visiting Fox and Friends in New York City. You can see the video segments below by clicking on the links.
What kind of organization is The ToyMakers of East Lake?
ToyMakers of East Lake (ToyMakers) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization located in Palm Harbor, Florida. Our mission statement: “Making smiles one toy at a time.” ToyMakers produce and donate brightly painted, hand-made wooden toys to sick and needy children in stressful environments. We also source, repair and recycle bicycles back into the community to needy children, returning veterans and homeless working adults. Most of our toys and bikes are delivered to the children we serve through agencies that come into direct contact with the recipients on a daily basis.
From the simple beginnings of the original ToyMakers group that started in Pasco County, Florida in 1982, approximately 400,000 toys have been donated to agencies in the local communities in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Alachua counties as well as special donations to children in need in remote countries around the world.
ToyMakers of East Lake is an outreach mission of East Lake United Methodist Church (ELUMC). We began operation in the third quarter of 2007 with 6 volunteers utilizing a shop building owned by ELUMC. Currently, the group includes over 300 volunteers who donate over 18,000 hours of their time last year. Deliveries are made quarterly to many local agencies including Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care of East Lake, The Haven of RCS, Operation PAR, Tampa General Hospital Children’s Medical Center, Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition, Ronald McDonald House, East Lake Fire & Rescue, Francis House, Rosa Valdez Child Care Center, and A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay. Additionally, toys have been shipped to the Midwest during floods, to Louisiana and Mississippi during the aftermath of hurricanes, to Mexico, Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean with medical and health mission teams, and to Iraq and Afghanistan through military contacts.
It is a privilege to be able to offer some form of comfort to these children and their families in stressful times.
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