Toys From St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Distributed To Children In Ghana

June 27, 2008

Every Tuesday morning a group of volunteers meet at a small building across Edloe from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to repair furniture and do minor home repairs. In addition, the woodworkers hand-craft more than 10,000 toys each year for underprivileged youngsters. Some of the toys are donated to the local Marine Reserve Toys for Tots program, and many of the Marine personnel take these toys to distribute wherever they’re deployed. Recently the woodworker’s group received several e-mails about how some of their handiwork has reached the African nation of Ghana courtesy of the U.S. Marines!
Master Sergeant Donald E. Preston, Public Affairs Chief of the U.S. Marine Forces Europe, wrote “I have just returned from Ghana where a number of toys built and donated by your church were given to the children in the small village of Toli, Ghana (up north near Tomale). I have attached photos I took of the toys being presented during the medical portion of Exercise Shared Accord. The toys were given to children who had just received some form of medical, dental or optical exam so if they are not smiling that is probably the reason. I will say this, I did have to opportunity to go back through the village later on in the week and the children were smiling and playing with those very toys.”
An e-mail from TSgt Ryan Hoffman read, “The children of these villages have nothing and the looks on their faces when they walked out of the clinic with those toys in their hands was priceless. Without knowing, you and the members of your church that made these toys deeply touched the lives of children on the other side of the world and I thought you should know.”

“Gestures, like those by your church, certainly demonstrate the good will of the American people. I just wanted to make sure you knew this. The Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Soldiers who supported this event also appreciate your continued support,” Sgt. Preston wrote
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is located at 3471 Westheimer. To learn more about the woodworkers, call 713-402-5067, or visit the church Web site at

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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