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.
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