Posted by: Sandy Forrest on Tue, Nov 24, 2009
On Sunday, November 29 and Sunday, December 6, Glen Cary will host a "TLC Toys Toy Store" where these amazing, handmade toys will be available for purchase.
An absolutely amazing charitable organization in our own back yard! For those of you who “oohhed and aahhed” over the wooden Noah’s Ark that LSS provides for children at Camp Noahs, and the wonderful wooden toys we saw at the Toy Shop last year, they were made by TLC Toys in Andover.
TLC Toys was begun by one man, Mel Hartman, in 1990. Since it’s beginning, Mel, and his “elves” who now number about 50-75, have created and donated over 180,000 toys, most of them to children in the Twin City area. The entire process is completed with only volunteers – there is no paid staff at TLC Toys.
The organization receives donations of materials from a number of places, and the volunteers range from youth who are serving community hours, to senior citizens, to inmates in St. Cloud, Faribault, and Shakopee, to those simply looking for a way to give back to the community. Work is done in the workshop or the volunteer’s homes, and ranges from cutting and sanding, to painting, to assembling, to sewing doll clothes.
Glen Cary has been given an opportunity to sell some of the wonderful high quality, hand-made toys from TLC as a way to raise funds to buy materials not donated. We will have the Toy Store open on Sunday, November 29, and Sunday, December 6, from 8:30 a.m. - Noon.
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