Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Sampling of Toys ready for YFS Children - 12-11-2012

Toy Delivery to YFS - we met at 8:30 am on Tuesday Dec 11, 2012 at the RCWA Shop in the basement of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rapid City to load up 724 toys and take them to YFS.  Dress code was warm clothes with red Santa hats.

Those in attendance included Lon Gose, Rick Weisbeck, Bel Felix, Larry Borg, Grant Coffin, and Bob and Kathie Buchanan.

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Further details were documented in a story and video by Emily Szink at NewCenter 1 and can be found on the Newscenter One website:

Reporter Brian Sugden at KOTA TV also documented the story and the text can be found at:


Fox News anchor Jack Caudill came to the event as well and provided his story and video at:


Aaron Rosenblatt from the Rapid City Journal was on hand to take photos;  they can be seen at:
Watch the news tonight - KOTA, KEVN, NewsCenterOne, and the Rapid City Journal were there to record the event!




Other Deliveries.    After the delivery to YFS, Rick Weisbeck and Larry Borg and Bob and Kathie Buchanan returned to the RCWA Shop to load up 200 toys for the Club for Boys.  Rick also loaded up 70 toys for WAVI and Benji's House.
Arriving at the lobby of the Club for Boys, we met Mark Kline who was very excited about the deliveries.  He said that Santa would be passing out the toys at the Christmas Party just before Christmas. 
Rick then went on to deliver toys to WAVI and Benji's House. 
Previous Deliveries.   Toys were delivered to the Airmen Readiness Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base on November 29th in time for their Christmas party on December 1st, by Rick Weisbeck.  Larry Deibert delivered toys to Black Hills Habitat for Humanity on Dec 1st.  We also loaded up Gary Graves’ truck for his trip to Sioux Falls for Needs Free.  Julian Wigen delivered toys to CASA. 
History of the TOY PROGRAM.  The members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association (RCWA) have combined our love for woodworking and our love for kids into a Toy Making Program – we have made and delivered over 4500 handcrafted wooden toys to underprivileged children in South Dakota since we started in 2008.  This is an ongoing program.  We get satisfaction from seeing children enjoying the toys, often their only gift.
The purpose of the Toymaking Program is to enhance the quality of life for underprivileged children of the Black Hills and other parts of South Dakota.  Within our Rapid City Woodworkers Association, we have developed a special year-round Toy Making Program for making and distributing handmade holiday gifts and toys to charitable organizations in the local area.  More than a dozen members work year around in their own garages (and sewing rooms) as well as in monthly Saturday Toy Workshops to produce these quality wooden toys.  Before Christmas, the toys are distributed to various organizations in the area. 
The program is growing:  we made 300 toys our first year in 2008, 1260 in 2009, 1430 in 2010, 1620 toys in 2011.  This year we have on hand 2001 toys ready for distribution.  Of those, we have packaged over 1650 toys.  They were ready two weeks early this year, and will soon be distributed to various organizations in the area.

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