Rapid City Woodworkers Association delivers thousands of toys to children

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The Rapid City Woodworkers Association (RCWA) brings holiday cheer to thousands of children in South Dakota, including those enrolled in Youth and Family Services Programs.

For the tenth year in a row, members from the RCWA delivered more than 2,400 hand-crafted wooden toys to charitable organizations that work with children in South Dakota. This year’s toy program was made possible by a small group of 32 skilled woodworkers, who say it can take hours to create a single toy.

Various organizations will benefit from RCWA’s toy giveaway. Volunteers had the chance to hand-deliver 626 toy donations to YFS’ Rapid City Head Start Program and watch children select their toys. In return, woodworkers were greeted and thanked for their kindness.  

RCWA President Bob Buchanan says the toy project started as a way to do something positive for children in the community, and is now something members of the association enjoy as well.  

“This is probably the best day out of the year for us,” said Buchanan. “We do it to see the excitement on the kids’ faces. If we weren’t doing this, we’d probably be building cabinets or something that we’d have to install in someone’s house.”

The woodworkers have been able to create and distribute more than 20,000 toys to local children throughout the years, according to the RCWA. If anyone would like to help build and assemble toys for the 2018 toy program, navigate here

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