toy making

Volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life and economic levels help Wood-to-Wonderful make wooden toys, some of which are used in conjunction with Wood-to-Wonderful’s “Reading is Toyrific” program. Wooden toys are also sent periodically to a literacy program for deserving first graders in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is headed by a former Wood-to-Wonderful volunteer. In addition, toys are distributed to grass roots organizations that serve needy children across the United States throughout the year—especially at Christmas. Up to 10,000 toys are distributed yearly.

Who Receives Wood-to-Wonderful Toys and Books?

  • “Reading is Toyrific” monthly / 300 kindergarten and first graders: Riverside ES / Reading, PA
  • Gaithersburg and South Lake Elementary Schools / Gaithersburg, MD
  • The Moyer Foundation Camp Erin locations: WA, CA, HI, OR, ID, PA, MI
  • Knights of Columbus, Reading, PA, Easter baskets
  • Reading HS winter and spring athletic program participants
  • Northwest MS, Reading, PA
  • Riverside ES staff (game boards)
  • Inglesia Nuevo Comienzo, York, PA
  • Holy Guardian Angels School, Reading, PA
  • Alvernia College, Reading, PA, pre-school program
  • Lioness Club & United Airlines outreach program /
    Jordan & Minneapolis, MN
  • United Steelworkers Christmas distribution / Pittsburgh, PA, area Locals


  • United Steelworkers / Local 6996 / Reading, PA
  • Elizabeth B. Barth Elementary School / Pottstown, PA
  • Fayette County, PA, outreach program
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Christmas and after-school
    programs / Reading, PA
  • Community Hospice, Albany, NY
  • Foster Care Program / Berks County, PA
  • Prospectus Berco / Reading, PA
  • Christmas Cheer / Laurinburg, NC
  • Rubye’s Kids Christmas parties / Philadelphia, PA
  • Empty Stocking Fund / Cumberland, KY
  • Sav-a-Lot employees’ children Christmas gifts / Reading, PA
  • Pilot Club / Babylon, NY



© Wood-to-Wonderful 2016

Wood-to-Wonderful was founded by Louise and Doug Brown in 1987 in the Washington, DC, suburbs and relocated to Reading, PA, in 1997. Wood-to-Wonderful’s original grass roots mission was to make wooden

toys for less fortunate children. To this end, over 150,000 wooden toys have been made and distributed to needy children over the years. Wood-to-Wonderful is a 501(c)(3) organization

Doug Brown - Director   I

1044 North 8th Street, Reading, PA 19604   I   610.378.8697