The ToyMakers of East Lake
"Making Smiles One Toy at a Time"
To provide brightly painted, simple wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress.
What kind of organization is The ToyMakers?
ToyMakers of East Lake is an all-volunteer non-profit located in Palm Harbor, Florida. The ToyMakers of East Lake was launched as an offshoot from the original ToyMakers organization founded in Pasco County, FL in 1982.
From the simple beginnings of the original ToyMakers group that started in Pasco County, Florida, approximately 350,000 toys have been donated to agencies in the local communities in Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Alachua counties including Ronald McDonald Houses, Tampa General Hospital, All Childrenís Hospital, Shriners Hospital in Tampa, Shands Pediatric Clinic, and many other non-profit agencies. Additionally, toys have been shipped to the Midwest during floods, to Louisiana and Mississippi during the aftermath of hurricanes, to Mexico, Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean with medical and health mission teams, and to Iraq and Afghanistan through military contacts. Since 1982, over 100 inquiries have been made from around the world about setting up new ToyMakers groups. ToyMakers workshops vary in size and equipment, but all have the common thread of wanting to help bring smiles to children.
Locally, the ToyMakers of East Lake, an outreach mission of East Lake United Methodist Church, began operation in the third quarter of 2007 with 6 volunteers. Currently, the group includes over 40 members operating 4 days each week in the Annex building purchased by ELUMC in 2007. Recently, the toy ministry has expanded to include soft, hand-made dolls and stuffed bears which are included with each delivery. Additionally, bicycles are being rebuilt and recycled in the toy shop of this local chapter. Deliveries are made quarterly to agencies such as All Childrenís Outpatient Care of East Lake, The Haven of RCS, Operation PAR, Tampa General Hospital Children's Medical Center, Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition, Spring Hill, FL, Ronald McDonald House, Gainesville, East Lake Fire & Rescue, Francis House, Rosa Valdez Child Care Center, Tampa, and Kidís Charity of Tampa Bay.
It is a privilege to be able to offer some form of comfort to these children and their families in stressful times.
Please help us continue bringing smiles to the sick and needy children in the Tampa Bay area!