Happy Toys spreading happiness all over the world

There’s been a name change from the “Happy Factory” to “Happy Toys.” There has also been a location change to a storage unit near the River Heights Elementary School. What has not changed are the efforts of retired school teacher Ray Hunsaker and retired civil engineer Paul Tullis to go on making wooden toys for children who otherwise wouldn’t have any.In fact 16,000 wooden cars, sports cars, touring cars, vans and pick-up trucks were made at Happy Toys during the year just passed. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Hunsaker explained where all those toys go.”They go all over the world,” Hunsaker said. “We take them to the Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake and, like I say, they send them to all places in the world.”Hunsaker says that the majority of those toys go to children in need, like “third world countries and places in America where they’ve had devastating problems, like Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and the wildfires in California. So we like to think we’re doing a good thing.”Hunsaker says the toy makers get a lot of help from volunteers, both individuals and groups. He is grateful to them and also to those who make financial contributions to help fund the operation.

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