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So even Toys for God’s Kids is feeling negative effects from the corona virus. Last year at this time we probably had 50 groups taking our toys along on their mission trips. This year, we’ve had but two. And even Arlis, our award winning Newsletter editor, is having trouble finding material. That’s why you’re stuck reading my ramblings. Oh well, it could be worse.

Seriously though, we’re going to have to make some changes in our modus operandi. Perhaps those plastic wheels from Royal Technologies in Michigan came at just the right time. Since they are so easy to install, maybe the people who reside in Retirement Centers, Nursing Homes, or Group Homes can work on toy assembly. God knows they need something to do to keep them busy. Of course, the powers that be will have to lift some of the quarantine restrictions. Maybe just give each of the residents a hammer. That could really be fun.

Another possibility might be for Operation Christmas Child people to put unassembled car parts in their shoeboxes along with some paint and a brush. Then the kids could paint the car prior to installing the wheels. That makes the fun last longer.

We must remember, however, that the main benefit our nearly 300 Smilemakers get out of their smile making is to see pictures of the kids actually getting the cars. That’s our reward. Some of you might remember the little Haitian girl on her hospital bed recovering from leg amputation surgery, proudly holding up her toy. That smile kept us going a full year. And that’s when it hit us, “toys are medicine too.” We absolutely have to, and we will, keep the smiles coming.

So, maybe when the OCC distributors hand out the shoeboxes, especially when the shoeboxes contain handmade cars and trucks, they take lots and lots of pictures. We’ll have to see if we can work that out.

Meanwhile, you can all be thinking about where our toys can best be used. We’re going to keep on doing what we love to do so there will be thousands and thousands of toys. Virus or no virus, there’s no reason 2020 can’t be the best year yet.

Thanks. Marlin
Thank you, John De Jong, for sharing these smiles with us. Precious children in El Salvador with cars that Ninos Tres Rios ministries handed out. THANK YOU to all SmileMakers for your giving hearts and dedication.
Medical teams from Michigan annually go to Peru and Uganda. The smiling children speak for themselves regarding the joy of having a toy.
THANK YOU to all SmileMakers for helping make this happen.
George Fish recently told us his 3-man Smile Shop in Platte, South Dakota, is pumping out cars by the thousands. They have made over 27,000 already this year. WOW. They love the plastic wheels.
THANK YOU SmileMakers for creating smiles for God’s Kids all around the world.
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