Staff at Duncan’s Live Edge Design have put their creative talents to use to build Christmas toys and other gifts for local organizations and charities that deal mainly with children.
Donna Shaw, marketing manager for the company that specializes in creating custom-made and rustic furniture from Vancouver Island wood, said staff, including owner John Lore and his wife Dorothy, set up a Santa’s workshop on Nov. 26 and worked all day to complete their projects.
She said that, in total, the “Christmas elves” created three push carts with blocks, seven wooden cars, seven stacking snowmen, four sets of wooden dolls, two rustic Christmas trees, two end tables and a coffee table.
A number of groups and organizations have been targeted to receive the gifts, including the pediatric unit at Cowichan District Hospital, Alexander Elementary School, Cowichan Family Life and the Cowichan Intercultural Society.
Shaw said a team of elves, in full elf uniforms, from Live Edge Design spent the week visiting the organizations’ headquarters handing out the gifts.
“It all started as a fun thing to do after we were receiving letters from these groups asking for contributions of some kind,” she said.
“We found it hard to create something for them because our products are not usually the types that fit their needs, so we decided to do something to help and came up with this idea.”
Shaw said that with the success of this year’s Santa’s workshop, the business hopes to make it an annual event.
She said approximately 10 of the staff’s 25 members and their spouses participated, and it’s hoped that all will take part next year.
“We actually made more gifts than we thought this year, so we’re looking for other organizations that want them,” she said.