Posted on July 03, 2017

The Story Behind Toys For Blessings

The current Toys For Blessings operation has grown far beyond our expectations. Four years ago several of us were making wood toys for Operation Christmas Child in our garages. That same year we were working at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center and started to discuss where the cars came from and how we could make more to fill the shoeboxes here in Orange County, California.

The next year, 2013, we got together as a team to discuss how to make more wood toys for children to enjoy and add them to the shoeboxes we were packing. In support of a local high school, Orange Lutheran High School, we set a goal to make enough toys for the students to pack 6000 shoeboxes. We decided on a plan for each of our shops to make at least 3000 cars or toys for packing. As a result we enlisted help from the community of volunteer’s to work alongside us to produce the toys. The results were way over the count of 6000.

Because of our initial success, we held a meeting at the start of 2014 to decide how we could increase the quantity of our toys. The discussion focused mostly on the cost of materials which were getting high. It costs us around 50 cents worth of material to produce each toy, which excludes a lot of other costs in machine maintenance. At the end of 2014 we decided as a group to incorporate as a nonprofit 501c3 organization so that we could give deductible receipts to those who offer their support. That effort took us the rest of 2015 and we are now officially Toys For Blessings, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. As a result of our organizational efforts and continued passion, in 2014 and 2015, we were able to produce 13,350 and 15,000 toys, respectively.

We continue to receive support from our contributors, but due to our continually growing output and goals we are always seeking more help. In 2015 alone we produced 15,000 toys which were given to 28 various organizations and Orange Lutheran High School for their Operation Christmas Child packing party. For 2016 we have set a goal of 25,000 toys that we will provide to the community. Just think of a child in need getting a toy with a feeling that someone cares!