It’s called, 'Yavapai Toy Makers’ - a non-profit group that makes and donates more than 500 toys a month to children in hospitals, clinics and crisis centers from Flagstaff to Phoenix, with an emphasis on Yavapai County. Usually the toys are given to those that are ill, “through no fault of their own, or in crisis,” explains Ed Harrison, who is the founder of the organization.
Their first ‘client’ was the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which was buying paintable items at retail prices for the children. The project took off from there.
Most of the toys are produced by local retirees who have home workshops and love giving back to the kids, according to their website, at YavapaiToyMakers.org.
Last April, the Yavapai Toy Makers created a wagon for Dresdin Miramon, who is the poster boy for the Prescott area March of Dimes. Dresdin has lung problems and has to be on oxygen 24 hours a day.
Recently, the Yavapai Toymakers donated an Alphabet Train to the K-2 Special Education class at Taylor Hicks Elementary School in Prescott. Working with teacher Kristi Spengler, the Alphabet Train was developed as a learning tool to help the children learn their alphabet, build their names and create words.
The Yavapai Toy Makers has already made additional sets of the Alphabet Train, which they plan to present to each of the twelve Special Education classes in the Prescott Unified School District.
The wood for the toys is donated by Ballard Truss in Mayer, however the Toy Makers must purchase thousands of wheels and axles. They are seeking donations to help them bring more toys to more children. According to Harrison, they just received their 501(c)3 non-profit status, so donations are tax-deductible. The money goes directly to paying for the supplies for the toys. Everyone who participates is a volunteer, so none of the donations go towards salaries.
If you would like to donate, please mail a check to
Yavapai Toy Makers
107 E. Willis
Prescott, AZ 86301
Please be sure to write “Yavapai Toy Makers” on the check.