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Washburn Tech to Host Toy Build Work Day

Topeka, Kan. – Volunteers are invited to build toys and holiday spirit at Washburn University Institute of Technology’s annual Toy Build Work Day from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6th. Organizers of the event, which benefits Toys for Tots, plan to set-up Santa’s workshop in Building K on Washburn Tech’s campus at 5724 SW Huntoon St.

Students, instructors and volunteers from the community assist in assembling items that will be donated to Toys for Tots Foundation. Projects include homemade wooden step stools, hobby horses, beat box drums and yoyos. The annual event is sponsored by Washburn Tech’s Student Activities and Advisory Board and the Washburn Tech SkillsUSA Chapter.

In 2018, workers at the Toy Build accumulated more than 1,000 hours of community service in a single day resulting in the production of 1,300 items that were distributed across 12 counties in northeast Kansas.

Coordinator of the project, John Lemon, cabinet and millwork instructor, notes the talents and dedication shown by the teams of volunteers:

  • Students in the cabinet and millwork, building technology and welding programs cut and manufacture parts.
  • Graphics technology students design promotional materials.
  • Local businesses and patrons donate the money and materials required to cut, sand, glue and paint.

This year, the workforce will include employees from Azura Credit Union, Mars, Topeka Metro and Lowes, in addition to students from area high schools.

For more information on volunteering or making a charitable donation to this community service event, contact Lemon at 785.670.3431.

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For further information: Lori Hutchinson 785.670.2199 Lori.hutchinson@washburn.edu

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