Toy Program

Dedicated to the art of woodworking since 1984.

Small toys made by guild members

A number of Guild members volunteer to participate in this community service program by making a variety of wooden toys that are distributed to children in local area hospitals and child-serving agencies. Since its inception in 1994, the Guild members have donated 74,987 toys through 2020.

Painted car

Typical toys include cars made from 2-by-4 lumber, holiday symbols such as Valentines Day hearts and St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks, and simple cutouts such as rabbits, dinosaurs, and flowers. Toys are left unfinished for children to complete and paint. Patterns and supplies are provided to Guild members making toys. Guild members are enthusiastic about this program, and the toys they make are very much appreciated, as may be seen from the thank-you letters received by the Guild.

We’ve been noticed!

In June of 2019, Debbie from Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition wrote these beautiful words, sharing her gratitude for all that the Guild does.

In December of 2018, Woodworker’s Journal published an article commemorating our 25th year of toy building and 60,000 toys made:
60,000 Toys from St. Louis Guild

In February of 2018, Tricia Sievers from Ranken Jordan wrote in to tell us how much everyone appreciated the wooden fish.

In April of 2016, the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH wrote this article.

And going as far back as 2006, we were mentioned in another article by the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.

Toy Patterns

The Guild keeps a list of all the toy patterns we’ve used in the past. Please enjoy perusing our list and helping to bring joy to the children.