August 12, 2011
Kindness into action. That would describe Midwest Dowel customer Terry, of Bakersfield, California. Not only does Terry create unique wood toys for hospitals and children’s charities, but he donates all of his creations. In fact, in 2010, Terry donated more than 1,200 wood toys to charitable organizations. Among his creations, Terry utilizes wood dowels and other wood products for his roadster cars, tanker trucks and hummer toys.
Terry began producing the wood toys in 2004, after retiring from his 40-year career as a truck driver.
“It all started with the first truck I made for my grandson,” Terry explains. “One of his playmates asked if I could make one for him, and the first year, I made about 100 toys for Toys for Tots and a local Homeless shelter.” He shortly thereafter increased production and added CASA (then Shriners Hospital in Dallas) where his grandchildren live to his recipient list. He has also since added Fresno Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
“I also make a scaled down version I give to an organization that travels to foreign countries, and I also give to our local Marine and Army Reserve units.”
Midwest Dowel president Pete Puttmann says, “We salute Terry! Reminds me of a poster I once saw that read, ‘One hundred years from now, no one will know what kind of house you lived in or what your bank account was, but the world may be a better place because you made a difference in the life of a child.’”
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