R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
16991 Old U.S. 27 Suite A - Lansing, Michigan ... Mailing Address: PO Box 23181, Lansing, MI 48909-3181

   Toy Makers for Disadvantaged and "In Crisis" Children

Our Motto: "People don't stop doing things because they get older;
They get older because they stop doing things."


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 Memory boxes for Bhutanese Project at St. Paul's Church, Lansing

A Child adds some finishing touches to a Memory Box at Ele's Place in Ann Arbor

Memory Boxes Decorated by Children at Gilda's Club

R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project receives Community Service Award in 2011.

Clayton Vandecar celebrates his 99th birthday with the help of other Scheffel elves.

Joseph J. Ruth, Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer of Sparrow Hospital presents a check to Sheffel Toys President Dennis Dudley on November 21st, 2007. Observing are Richard C. Northrup (on the left) and Larry Koster

Chronically Ill Child Enjoys Wood Toys
"I wanted to write a little letter to say thank you for all that you do," a mother recently wrote to us. "My 6 year old son is chronically ill and has been at xx hospital 20 times in his short little life so far. He really enjoys painting his wood treasures every time that he is here. It is a great distraction to him. When he is admitted he is usually in isolation so he can’t go to the playroom to play. He proudly displays his creations at home in his own playroom. Thank you again. P.S. The LPD police car is so cute."

The Elves at Scheffel Toys are happy to hear that he is enjoying our toys.


"Wow, your memory boxes are popular! We've used every one of them which you made for us last year. Thanks so much!"

A note from Sarah at Ele's Place

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You might note that this website has changed a little. We have made some updates, some of the pages are slightly different and a NEW section has been added - "Plans". Check it out - the far right link button on top.

The Scheffel Toy Project’s 2018 Year End Report

Total Production 2018 = 9,313
Production for 8 Years = 75,266 (2011-2018)
Production for 18 Years = 143,000 (2001- 2018)

• The Salvation Army, Lansing and Holt, received 41% of the 8-year figure. (31,128)
• Sparrow Hospital & Clinics received 12,118 toys (16%)
• Lansing’s Two Head Start programs received 5,190 games and toys. (6.9 %)
• Ele’s Place received 4,048 memory boxes (5.4%). Lansing is their primary location, they also serve Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids.
• St. Vincent de Paul received for the various parishes 3,711 games and toys (almost 5%)
• Other, discontinued agencies received 6,109 items from 2011 through 2017 (8%). Agencies and other organizations come and go.

The R. J. Scheffel elves worked more than 6,100 hours in 11 months, from January through November 28, 2018.

There are no administrative expenses. All board members and volunteers donate their expertise and time to the Toy Project.

Larry Koster
General Manager


Holiday Greetings!

It is time to celebrate another successful year of toy making at the R.J. Scheffel
Memorial Toy Project. The Elves made more 9,000 games and toys during 2018.
To put this in a different way, the Scheffel Toy Project produced more than
143,000 games and toys during the past 18 years, from 2001 through 2018.

All Toy Project volunteers, Board Members, and friends are invited to meet at the
Harrison Road House on the corner of Harrison Road and Michigan Avenue in
East Lansing on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Dinner will be served in a
private room with seating for 20-30 who attend. The room, I believe, is called
the glass house or the green house.

The Road House in the 1960's was known as Duke's Shell Station. Check out their
website: http://www.harrisonroadhouse.com for their menu and the history of
their building.

It would be nice to see some of the 'retired' Scheffel volunteers: the Honharts,
Linda, Julia, Ray, Shirley and Big John in attendance.

Arrival time as usual is 5:30 pm. Any questions?

Larry Koster
General Operations Manager


Greetings Santa's Elves!

The balance of toys for 2018 were assembled this morning (11/28/2018) and some
were placed into shipping containers; completed orders were for 211 farm tractors,
96 semi-trucks, and 123 sewing machines. More than 100 of the 396 tool boxes are
ready on the floor and waiting to be picked up.

We appreciate everyone's assistance for the past two days. We were able to take
an early break this morning as the 2018 assembly process was finished. Stay home
on Friday, 11/30.

The Salvation Army will pickup their toys on Friday, 11/30. Mary Free Bed Hospital
of Grand Rapids will come on Monday, 12/3.

Toy Making will resume on Monday, January 7th. Any questions?

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas

Larry Koster, General Operations Manager


R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project

An Open House presentation was offered on Thursday, August 16, 2018, by Gene Klco which was a series of videos showing the construction of some of the toys that volunteers build at the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project.

The toys that were shown in the videos.

The first video illustrated how 'Memory Boxes' were made. Roy Ketcheson gave
a history of the memory boxes. Volunteers at the Toy Project made nearly
1500 memory boxes this last year - primarily for Ele's Place.

Guests ate a lunch provided by the Grand Ledge Kiwanis. The lunch spread was
a variety of wraps, chips, cookies and drinks.

The photo below shows a variety of toys made each year by volunteers at
R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project.

Major contributions were received again this year from friends, family, volunteers,
and others interested in supporting the Toy Project.

We are “Toy Makers” for children in need
in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties.

R. J. Scheffel Toy Project Workshop
16991 Old US-27, Suite A
Corner of Sheridan Rd, Lansing, MI

The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is a
501(c)3 organization, has been in operation
for more than 30 years, and has produced
more than 50,000 toys for area children
in the last five years alone!

Hours of Operation:
The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is open for volunteers to work on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 AM to 11:30 AM.

Santa’s Workers Make Toys for Disadvantaged Kids

SANTA’S ELVES, from left to right: Tom Hazlett, Fred Honhart, Larry Koster, Patrick Scheetz, Darryl Warncke, and Tony Bauer. All are retirees of Michigan State University, except for Larry, who is an MSU alum. Featured in the MSU Retires Association Newsletter - Jan. 2016.

The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project provides, without charge, wooden toys, memory boxes, and games, hand crafted by volunteers, for children who are disadvantaged, homeless, needy or in crisis. These and other volunteers are “Toy Makers” for disadvantaged children of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. They work towards a “wish list” provided by the Lansing Salvation Army, CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services), Ele’s Place, and the Kiwanis Club. Small, unpainted cars are made for children at the Ann Arbor Children’s Hospital and the Child Life Dept. and Mary Free Bed Re-Hab Hospital at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital.

Toy Project Operational
In Facility at 16991 Old U.S. 27 Suite A - Lansing, Michigan

The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project facility is operational and is producing at full capacity. Everything is pretty much in place so woodcutting equipment is humming, painting supplies are ready for use, and work benches are located for building new toys requested for needy children. Guests are welcome for a tour and to see our volunteers (Elves) in action!


The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project provides wooden toys and games, hand crafted by volunteers, for children who are disadvantaged or in crisis.
Click on "Agencies" to see list of organizations with "wish lists" which have been filled.

 Click here to view a map for getting to our Toy Project location.

Major contributions were received in recent years from Delta Kiwanis Club, South Lansing Kiwanis, Haslett Kiwanis, and Lansing Kiwanis.
Please Make a Contribution or Donation

Our Toy Project relies on contributions and donations which are tax deductable as charitable contributions.

Contributions may be sent by mail to:
R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
P. O. Box 23181
Lansing, MI 48909-3181

To Make Donations:
Email: donations@scheffel-toys.org

When you contribute to the Capital Area United Way campaign (Lansing area), please consider designating your donation to the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project. Thank you.

The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is a 501(c)3 organization which has operated for more than 30 years.
R. J. Scheffel Toy Project Workshop
16991 Old US-27, Suite A
Corner of Sheridan Rd, Lansing, MI

(Near to the 'Mexico 2 Go" sign)
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