24th annual Dr. Fred Ruda Toys for Tots  

 

 December 7th 9 AM

 Volunteers of all ages are welcome

(Volunteers under 12 are required to have parent supervision)

 

Toys for Tots is an event held on the first Saturday of each December, and is hosted by the Institute of Applied Technology along with the student organizations TEECA and EPT.toys-for-tots-working(1)  During the fall semester, a wooden toy is designed by the Production Systems class. The toy is designed for children ages two through six.  Once the design is approved, the class goes about buying wood and supplies enough for approximately 200 toys.  Then they will set up a production line and make jigs and fixtures so the toy can be more easily made.  On the designated Saturday, the class, the department, campus and community volunteers all come together to make the toys.  Parts are cut and sanded, then assembled, and finally dipped in Danish Oil (a non toxic finish).  The toys are usually finished by early afternoon.  Once the toy making is complete, they are delivered to the organization Teaming up for Tots, which distributes them to area needy families.

Organizations, businesses and individuals contribute goods and money to help complete this project.  The department is fortunate to have reliable individuals who donate materials, funds, or volunteer help.  Some of the donors have given each year for the more than 20 years the Toys for Tots program has existed.