Car-crafting woodworkers give to sheriff’s office

Melissa Federspill

Staff Writer

Volunteers from the Herby Ham Activity Center donated over 100 handmade wooden toy cars to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s office on Tuesday afternoon as part of the center’s new outreach program Toys of Grace, which launched in June.

Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke said that he will distribute the toy cars to his deputies who will in turn give them to children they encounter during their shifts.

He said there are many scenarios where the deputies interact with children, and it will be great to be able to give them these toys crafted by community members.

Toys of Grace is the center’s most recent addition to Project Grace, which helps children and teens who are ill, experience trauma, or have been removed from their homes.

Before Toys of Grace, Project Grace consisted of Quilts of Grace and Yarns of Grace – initiatives that present hand-crotcheted hats and booties along with quilted blankets to children in crisis, in partnership with the Bluebonnet Advocacy Center Court Appointed Special Advocates Program.

Herby Ham Activity Center director Sue Rankin said the idea to create Toys of Grace came to her after praying on ways to expand the use of the wood shop. Her research led her to Alton Thacker, of Tiny Tim’s Foundation for Kids, a non-profit built around the dream of bringing a smile to as many children’s faces as possible through wooden toy cars.


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