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Old 12-09-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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These are tray puzzles that I cut as donations for one of the local food pantries. Our woodworking club has now donated toys for 22 years to the food pantry run by one of the local churches. As usual, a nice selection of toys plus blankets, mittens, and scarves. It is always heartwarming to see the generosity of people. My husband created mini-catapults.

The patterns are modified to become tray puzzles and included in Patrick Spielman's Scroll Saw Puzzle Patterns book.
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What a nice thing you're doing, Barbara! I love the puzzles, and I love the cause even more.

I especially like the dogs.....are each of the spots stand alone pieces?
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Very generous and thoughtful gifts.!
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The spots are just randomly painted on the dogs after I painted them white. Because you don't want the pieces too small for the young children, I did not want to cut individual spots. In fact, on the teddy bears I changed many of the pieces so there would not be small pieces.

The toys are one of our community efforts. We also sell donated ornaments (and other stuff) to benefit the kids. Originally, we donated the money - about $19,000 - to the local children's hospital which was under construction. Three years ago we changed it to the local Ronald McDonald House which also just got rebuilt. We raised about $2000 this year and a 3 year total of over $5000 for Ronald McDonald. We just spent the weekend selling the ornaments at the church where we donate the toys and raised $1245 after the 5 masses.
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Nice job on the puzzles. I'm sure the kids will enjoy them.
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Those are excellent puzzles. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice job on those Barbara, continued success with your charity work.
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The thoughtfulness and caring of your woodworking club is wonderful. I'm sure these gifts are very much appreciated How nice, too, that it's not just a one-time effort, but an ongoing initiative to help those less fortunate.
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