The Rapid City Woodworkers Association brought some holiday cheer to local kids at Youth and Family Services, delivering more than 600 hand-crafted wooden toys.
Bob Buchanan, Rapid City Woodworkers Association President, says, "Heart memories. That's what we're giving away, is heart memories."
Thankful smiles filled the room at Youth and Family Services, as kids enrolled in the Head Start program received a special handmade wooden toy from members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association.
This is the 10th year in a row that members from the association delivered the hand-crafted toys, that take nearly a year to create.
Buchanan says, "We start in January and our goal is usually around 2,000 toys per year and it takes about a year to do that."
2,000 toys delivered to 18 different organizations across the state, 660 of those toys go directly to YFS.
Darcie Decker, Youth & Family Services Community Outreach Director, says, "It was fun seeing the kids receive them today, their faces, their excitement, it was a joy to see that happen."
Darcie Decker, the Youth & Family Services Community Outreach Director, says for some of these kids this is all they might receive this Christmas and it's just one way to reduce the stress for parents this holiday season.
And Bob Buchanan, the President of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association, says this is their way to give back to the community.
Buchanan says, "First of all, it keeps us off the streets. Second of all, it's fun to give to the kids who appreciate them and third, it's a product that is made out of passion. People have a woodworking passion and they can create memories."
Buchanan says since they began this project ten years ago, they've been able to create and distribute more than 20,000 toys to children in various organizations throughout the state of South Dakota.