The mission of "YAVAPAI TOY MAKERS" is to donate handcrafted wood toys to children who "are ill through no fault of their own and to children in crisis".
The "Yavapai Toy Makers" was founded by Ed Harrison, and the current President is Perry Breitenstein.
We originally discovered a need of hospitals and clinics across the country for toys that would put "smiles on kids faces", take their minds off their problems, last a long time, and not break easily....and be made in the good old U.S.A Plus, there are so many kids in shelters with nothing but the shirt on their back.
Our first client was the "Childrens Hospital in Phoenix" who was actually buying paintable items at retail for the kids. Our further research revealed that there are similar groups all over the country who are making their own rendition for children in these situations. We stay in contact with them.
Our toys are produced by retirees (for the most part) who have home workshops and just love to "give back" especially to kids. The toy makers are provided patterns and wood (by Ballard Truss in Mayer). The toys are produced through a series of production steps..and dropped off at hospitals, clinics, shelters.
Yavapai Toy Makers recently presented the Special Education class at the Taylor Hicks elementary school with an "alphabet train. We worked with the teacher, Kristi Spengler. The alphabet train was developed as a learning tool to help the children learn their alphabet, build their names..and just generally have fun.
Toy Makers made and will present a set to each of the 12 different Special Education classes in Prescott Unified School system.
Yavapai Toy Makers makes about 500 little wood toys a month and donates them to kids "who are ill through no fault of their own or in crisis. The toys go to hospitals, clinics and crisis centers from Flagstaff to Phoenix with emphasis on Yavapai County.
4/28/2014 6:00:00 AM
Toy Makers prepare a surprise for Prescott boy in need of oxygen
Smiles as big as the pizzas waiting on the table lit up the entire room when 5-year-old Drezdin Miramon watched Bill Curry of Yavapai Toy Makers unveil a wagon he made just for him and a bike that High Gear Bike Shop sent to a recent party for him as well.
The party for Drezdin took place at Galpin Ford, where the child's father, Johnny, works.
Drezdin must be on oxygen around the clock, because his mother, Tiffany Guoladdle, developed a condition called preeclampsia, which acts like the body is allergic to a pregnancy. As a result, Drezdin had to be taken by caesarean section at 23 weeks. He weighed only 1 pound, 3 ounces. Because he was so premature, he has lung problems, primarily pulmonary hypertension and must be on oxygen 24 hours a day, his father said.
When he saw the wagon and the bike, Drezdin beamed from ear to ear. These two small means of conveyance will carry his oxygen tank so that he can play like any other 5-year-old child. His old wagon had gotten wobbly, and his new one is sturdy and just the right size for the tank. High Gear outfitted the bike with a special rack on the back to hold the tank.
The unveiling took place in the Galpin Ford showroom, where guests were treated to pizza and cake, all donated by local businesses. The March of Dimes was also represented because Drezdin is the poster boy for the Prescott area March of Dimes.
After Drezdin's condition was diagnosed, doctors hoped he would only have to be on oxygen for a year. But, if he gets sick with such illnesses as RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), he suffers a setback, Johnny said. He was on his way to a significant reduction in his need for oxygen until two years ago, when he contracted RSV and now he has to be on oxygen constantly.
The wagon came about when Ed Harrison of the toy makers group, visited Johnny's office to discuss business. He saw a picture of Drezdin with his oxygen tank on Johnny's desk and asked about him. He took the idea back to the toy makers, and Curry volunteered to make the wooden wagon.
The wagon is made of oak and Baltic birch. Curry jumped at the chance to make the wagon, because "The Lord has given me the talent to be handy with my hands," he said. "That's the reason I am one of the toy makers. I use my hands for the benefit of children." His wife, Sherrill, added, "He was totally possessed with the wagon. He was in his shop for days" building it.