Mustang High School Woodworking Students Make Toys To Donate To Good Samaritan Toys
(Mustang, Oklahoma – December 120, 2019) – “Do you believe in me? -Santa Claus” What started with this small note over thirty years ago has blossomed into a lifetime of spreading the magic of Christmas to children across the state of Oklahoma. This year, as for each of the last 8 years, students in Mike McGarry’s woodworking class at Mustang High School were able to join in the fun.
Glenn Morgan began making wooden toys, funded mostly from his own money, and donating them to children in need through his organization, Good Samaritan Toys (GST), as “his calling,” he says, and “it has been an absolute blessing.” GST has been giving away toys for almost thirty years, having built hundreds of wooden toys which have been sprinkled across Oklahoma from Peppers Ranch in Guthrie, to The Children's Center in Oklahoma City, to The Community Children's Shelter in Ardmore, the Laura Dester Children's Shelter in Tulsa, and various others spanning the State from Altus to Idabel to Clinton and beyond (having even sent toys to orphaned children in Kenya, Africa).
Mike McGarry teaches woodworking at Mustang High School, and his students joined in as eagerly as Santa’s elves to build toys for this year's donation. “The kids loved making them,” McGarry said. “I think it makes them feel good that they're doing something positive that's going to benefit people.” Glenn contacted McGarry several years ago about helping with the toys project. “It's a wonderful thing,” Morgan said.
Glenn stumbled upon the idea for the wooden cars while looking for a Christmas gift for his mother almost thirty years ago. He noticed a booth that was selling wooden toys, and the idea took root. “It was a magical thing for me,” he said. “I believe the man upstairs pulled at my heart and inspired me to design my own and build them. We build them simple and strong to where they last a long time. My dream is that one of these kids will be inspired the way I was and keep this tradition going on.”
“There is no charge for these toys – the joy we receive in giving them is our compensation, says Morgan. “Many of the recipients have heartbreaking stories and these toys make things just a little better for them. It gives them something to take their minds of their problems for a while. I am so grateful for the amazing support that has been provided to this mission over the years. With your help we will make a positive difference in the lives of our most vulnerable and precious resource – our children. Providing joy to them at a difficult time in their lives is our mission, and we receive joy by giving a toy!”
Good Samaritan Toys was created to show love to children who face conditions of adversity. GST operates on donations of time, money, and resources from a generous public. All toys are made of easily obtained dimensional lumber (2X4's, 1X4's, plywood,etc); basic woodworking tools are all that is needed to begin building these treasures for kids. GST is currently looking for volunteers who are familiar with woodworking. For more information on Good Samaritan Toys or to help out, call (580) 224-7235 or email Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Good Samaritan Toys
Good Samaritan Toys' mission is to give toys to children who are facing adversity such as abuse, neglect or serious illness. Our vision is to provide joy in the form of a toy. Founder R. Glenn Morgan tells how it all began, the miracle prayer answer that helped him decide to go public, all the different people/things that will help GST give more toys and love to more children: http://youtu.be/S4pKDxqfwt4. Also visit GST on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Good-Samaritan-Toys-270412379667902/about/?ref=page_internal
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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