Brad Boury of Lapeer, Mich. handcrafts 200 wooden toys each year for children in need of a Christmas joy. He donates the toys to Lapeer Police Department and Lapeer County Seriff's Department for their Shop with a Cop programs and to Mott Children's Hospital. Boury started crafting the toys in 2010 when his son Tyler passed away. He sees giving the toys away to children is a rewarding way to honor Tyler.
Boury puts time, effort and love into each toy, and no two toys are exactly the same. The toys are designed to be for both boys and girls, ages five to adult. It takes him eight to ten months to make 200 toys. When asked if he sells any of his toys, his response was no. "I get more satisfaction out of giving them away than I ever would selling them."
Boury is not new to the toy business. He used to own Giggles Toy Company for a decade where he made glow-in-the-dark stars for kids' bedroom ceilings.
Alliance recently donated rubber bands to help Boury build his Rebound toy. While Boury does recevie some donations, he pays for most of the materials himself. He says he plans to make toys for kids as long as he's able.
We can't wait to see more of Boury's toys!
Image from Krystal Moralee
Story from The County Press Insight/Krystal Moralee