Since 1981, a group of Boeing retirees, and some active employees, have been making wooden toys for kids in need. This Christmas is their last. Kelly Broomall is the leader of Holiday Community Outreach. He says when he first joined the group, he was 35 years old. He was one of the youngest members. Now he’s 70, and still one of the youngest members. He says no one wants to join the group anymore.
Knowing this year would be their last, the group went all out with their toy making. They made 87 doll cradles, 77 train sets, 40 log trucks, and 300 smaller cars, trucks and buses. And that is just the short list. Broomall says they start working on these handcrafted toys in February, to make sure they are done before Christmas.
The toys go to the children’s hospitals in the area, as well as the families adopted by Boeing employees. They also go to soldier’s families. Broomall says they will continue to make toys but on a smaller scale, with the toys going to children of military members.