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
People do not stop doing things because they get older;
They get older because they stop doing things.

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.

Memory Boxes
Memory boxes at 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. See story on the right.

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

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Open House ...

On August 13, 2015 was success!

Checkout photos by Gene Klco here. Click "Next" to see more photos.


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. 

Neighbors in Action: R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project

The R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project was recently featured on WKAR's NeighborFire Damages in Action and interviewed Larry Koster, Operations Manager..

Click on the picture to the WKAR story and listen to the interview.

Toy Project Operational

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

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


Memory Boxes Bring Hope

According to Beth Nelson, LMSW, Program Director for Gilda’s Club, memory boxes made by volunteers at the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project help to bring hope and brighter spirits to their children, adults, families and friends. Gilda’s Club is a free cancer support community in Grand Rapids area. It is so nice to see how lovely these memory boxes become in the hands of some young artists (children) at Gilda’s Club (see picture at left). The children love to make these into memory boxes for keeping their precious items for their loved ones. Gilda’s Club is so thankful to the Toy Project for bringing these boxes to their attention.


Interview of Larry Koster on Michigan Business Network

Click here to hear an interview of Scheffel Toys' Larry Koster by Chris Holman on Michigan Business Network.

Scheffel Toys Receives Community Service Award

Dennis Dudley, President of the Board, R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project, and Larry Koster, Operations Manager, accepted the South Lansing Business Association’s Community Service Award for 2011 at their annual Awards Dinner. See the picture at left picturing Dudley, Koster and State Rep. Joan Bauer with a resolution from the Michigan Legislature.

Scheffel and Elves In Lansing State Journal


The Lansing State Journal spent some time watching our elves get toys ready for distribution and taking pictures of the action (see LSJ photo at the right)..

Click here to check out the story.

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 that you made for us last year. Thanks so much!"

A note from Sarah at Ele's Place

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.


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