“We were grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer recently at The Toymakers of East Lake. As a pediatric nurse that works with children with special healthcare needs and with chronic conditions, I am able to see the impact The Toymakers have made at various local pediatric facilities. These children may require frequent visits to outpatient clinics to see specialists and may occasionally require hospital stays. When these children receive a decorative, hand-crafted toy provided by The Toymakers, their face lights up and you can see their excitement and gratitude in their smiles and expressions. Several teens in the Pasco area that attend Wiregrass Ranch High School, Sun Lake High School, and Florida Virtual School have been friends for several years and met through competitive dance and school. These teens volunteer frequently within the community and recently stated that helping with The Toymakers was a wonderful, fun experience and opportunity!! To know that volunteering to help contribute with the detailed process of hand-crafting each toy to brighten the lives of these children make it a wonderful and invaluable experience!! “
Sandra Leck


About Janet Helms

Janet Helms joined ToyMakers of East Lake in 2009. She has been on the board of directors since 2012 and has been an executive officer and vice president since 2013. She serves as chairman of the Open House and Silent Auction committee and manages inventory, purchasing, and deliveries to our charities/agencies.