TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Students, instructors, and volunteers gave a helping hand to Santa’s elves at Washburn Tech on Friday.
Volunteers assisted in assembling items to be donated to Toys for Tots like homemade wooden step stools, hobby horses, beatboxes and yo-yos.
Students in the cabinet and millwork program worked tirelessly to manufacture the 3,800 parts.
Building technology student then cut the parts to length, and graphics technology students made all the promotional materials for the event.
The workforce also included employees from Azura Credit Union, Mars, Topeka Metro and Lowes, as well as the Shawnee Heights High School National Honor Society, Osage City High School Student Council and Free State High School Gifted Program.
Washburn Tech Instructor John Lemon says the process of making toys for a child in need creates a festive atmosphere.
"You can smile today knowing that you're creating smiles on Christmas morning for children that receive the toys so it kind of makes it just a happy time." Lemon said.
In 2017, they produced 1,250 items which were distributed to kids across 12 counties in northeast Kansas.