Author Archive | Bob Helms

Record broken! Over 500 wooden toys cut out.

World War II veteran, Thad Pollard, (left in cap) and his son Gary Pollard (right) managed to break a Toymakers of East Lake record Saturday by cutting out over 500 wooden toys on the bandsaws. Toymakers is an all volunteer organization that will make and donate over 14,000 toys to sick and needy children this year. […]

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Toymakers of East Lake at Florida Hospital

Today Toymakers of East Lake met with Connie Bladon and the Emergency Room staff at Florida Hospitals, Wesley Chapel, FL, to launch our relationship of providing toys for Pediatric Emergency patients.  Connie says: Our mission is “to extend the healing ministry of Christ” and to heal the whole person: body, mind and spirit.  This fits […]

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A Great Celebration Today!

Today, Toymakers of East Lake celebrated Thad Pollard’s 96th Birthday.  Thad is a very active volunteer at Toymakers as well as an enthusiastic volunteer with Honor Flights of West Central Florida.  A WWII veteran, he has been a dedicated non-profit volunteer with various entities for over 60 years.  In December, Thad celebrated his 73rd wedding […]

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ToyMakers Extraordinary Commitment to Community Service

World War II veteran, Thad Pollard, and his son, Gary, are regular Toymakers of East Lake volunteers.  They typically spend their Saturday mornings cutting out hundreds of wooden toys on band saws for the kids we serve.  While they are two of our most frequent and productive volunteers, they also volunteer for various duties supporting […]

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You Are Invited!

Toymakers of East Lake volunteers donate over 15,000 hours of their time in the process of making over 10,000 toys per year. Please come out and support the Toymaker volunteers and kids we serve on November 7 at our Annual Open House and Silent Auction.  Take a tour of the toy shop and take the […]

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