Vern Heinle and his wooden toys. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Vern Heinle and his wooden toys. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Toymaker to distribute gifts to children

  • Monday, December 11, 2017 1:32pm
  • Life

For a decade, Vern Heinle has carved and shaped wood into durable, practical toys reminiscent of yesterday to distribute to underprivileged children of today through the Forgotten Children’s Fund, a nonprofit organization.

Heinle, Kent’s modern day Mister Geppetto, distributes more than 250 of his hand-crafted toys – trucks, tanks, race cars, helicopters and airplanes – to children 12 and under on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Shari’s restaurant, 12990 SE Kent-Kangley Road.

The holiday toymaking adventure keeps the retired carpenter tinkering in his spacious, well-equipped workshop that sits next to his East Hill home.

“I enjoy it, I really do,” said the 84-year-old Heinle. “It actually makes me feel good to provide something to people who otherwise would not have it.”

Donations are gratefully accepted to support the Forgotten Children’s Fund.

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