Wooden toys crafted for Christmas

by Maritime
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Santa’s woodworking elves have been busy crafting quality wooden toys just in time to be wrapped and placed under many Christmas trees this year for children to enjoy.

Since the early 1980s, members of the Atlantic Woodworkers Association have been making cars, trucks, planes, musical instruments, pull toys, dragons, dinosaurs and much more, donating them to various charities. The Association is composed of many working and retired men and women whose love for woodworking continues to grow in part, under the direction of President, Steve Parsons and a hard working board of directors. The group meets regularly in Dartmouth and holds its annual Salvation Army Christmas toy meeting at a space provided by Lee Valley in Bayers Lake.

For over 30 years, the Association has donated its wooden toys. This year, 150 wooden toys were donated to The Salvation Army and Lieutenant, Shelley Oseil was thrilled.

“I was surprised and excited to receive toys and a monetary donation from the Association. Community supporters such as the Atlantic Woodworkers Association are very valuable in helping us to fulfill our mission as an organization.”

Gene Nurse is the man behind creation of a pulpit for The Salvation Army’s Dartmouth Community Church, which doubles as a fireplace. This beautiful piece of work can be seen at the Community and Family Services Centre located at 171 Main Street in Dartmouth.

“You name a toy and these guys will make it,” says Gene. “The diversity and talent in our group is amazing; we love doing what we do.”

The Association also makes bead boxes for children at the IWK Health Centre who are braving their way through cancer treatments.