Christmas Toys From The Grandfathers Of The Naenae MENZ Shed, New Zealand.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 12-02-2014 01:59 AM 3329 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year the men of the Naenae MENZ Shed make toys for the Salvation Army. These, amongst others, are given to needy kids at a big Christmas lunch run by the local Salvation Army. Many of the men who made the toys are Grandfathers. We like the idea of older guys helping the very young.

Quite a lot of other production is undertaken for other local charities. For example toys for pre-schools, rat and possum traps for an environmental protection group, a lectern for Grey Power, repairs for old ladies and fire wood for people needing heating. We even make Weta Motels. This is a uniquely NZ term for homes for a very large native spider we have.

Most of the toys are made out of re-cycled pallets that we get from local businesses. They benefit from having the pallets removed for free, we get the wood and the kids get the toys. A nice cycle of events. Some of the toys are pre-owned ones that have been repaired and repainted.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 12-02-2014 02:08 AM

Congratulations. You guys sure made a fine group of toys. They will sure make a lot of kids happy this Christmas and they don’t need batteries or thumb action to work them!!

Need to put a silver fern on them for NZ ID….....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 02:11 AM

Thanks Jim for the kind comments. Its all good fun that keeps us old guys in great form.

-- RusticJohn

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#3 posted 12-02-2014 02:55 AM

Great job guys.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 12-02-2014 03:44 AM

That’s a real awesome thing to do, hats off to you. You look like an honry bunch of woodworkers. LOL

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#5 posted 12-02-2014 04:22 AM

I will bet that the man hours making these will be out done by the many hours of fun they will provide! Great job guys!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 12-02-2014 04:56 AM

You guys have the spirit and not only at Christmas !
I can only say you are are doing an incredible service to mankind and to the kids .
Congratulations to all of you you !!!!


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 12-02-2014 05:35 AM

Wonderful holiday spirit, thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 12-02-2014 08:24 AM

Thank you all for the comments. They were presented to the Salvation Army this evening along with probably double as much again made by the Members of the Guild of Woodworkers Wellington. We also make wig stands for cancer patients.

-- RusticJohn

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#9 posted 12-02-2014 08:30 AM

Goodonya boys!

-- Dave -

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#10 posted 12-02-2014 11:34 AM

Great job. Noce idea. Congratulations for your actitude.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#11 posted 12-02-2014 11:39 AM

Your a great bunch of guys, helping others makes you the greatest!!!

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#12 posted 12-02-2014 11:54 AM

What a wonderful thing to do! I bet the wood workers have as much fun getting together as the kids do playing with the toys! I know I would.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 12-02-2014 01:03 PM

well done! nothing like bring happiness to the kids!

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#14 posted 12-02-2014 02:08 PM

Nicely done! you guys rock!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#15 posted 12-02-2014 02:41 PM

Awesome. Very awesome. Like the trucks I played with as a kid. They will be loved.

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