Gala A Success
The 12th annual fundraising gala for the Happy Factory is over and it was a great success! Our thanks go out to all of the wonderful, hardworking people on the gala team:
Jenny Welch, (chairperson), Donna Cooley, Marguerite Smith, Neal Smith, Mary Cozzens, Gwen Carr, Ruth Brooks, Anita Bunker, Melanie Hulet, Janice Jenkins, Vicki Nelson, Gaona Schoppmann, Zurl Thornock and Robert Cox.
Hopefully I didn’t miss anyone. Through the hard work and dedication of these people and the generosity of the gala guests and supporters, the Happy Factory continues to carry on its tradition of supplying toys to the children here and around the world in need.
Special thanks goes out to Brent Hunsaker, our guest speaker, and Brooke Schoppmann, our musical entertainment for the night.
Congratulations to Paul Cozzens, our much deserved recipient of the Charles Cooley/Happy Factory “Starfish Award.” You make a difference.
As the dust settles we now focus all of our energy and “take some wood that would be wasted, mix in some time that would be wasted, and make a toy to stimulate a mind so it won’t be wasted.”
Thank you all!
The Happy Factory
“There are many things that I cannot do. There are many things that I do not know.
But, there is one thing that I can do. I can serve another. And, I’m so grateful that I can serve some of His little ones.
I don’t need any praise, notoriety, or pay because the satisfaction, blessings and feelings that I receive are so great that I need nothing else”.
Charles T. Cooley, Founder Happy Factory
The Happy Factory
2012 Non-Profit Volunteer
Program of The Year for Utah
The Lieutenant Governor's 2012 Utah Volunteer Recognition & Awards Banquet was held on April 25, 2012 , Davis Conference Center.
This very special award was accepted by Donna Cooley, on behalf of the volunteers of The Happy Factory, from Lieutenant Governor, Greg Bell.
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THE HAPPY FACTORY.
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Please note: We have updated our website and we now accept Paypal and Credit Card Donations. !
At a cost of $.50 cents to make each toy, for just a small donation, you can make a difference in a child's life making it possible for them to receive a hand-crafted wooden toy, made with loving care by our volunteers.
The Happy Factory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose sole mission is to give the children of the world a small high quality wooden toy, so every child has at least one toy. We are made up of volunteers, have no payroll, and none of the Board of Directors are paid, so 100% of every dollar is used in the production of our toys.
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The Happy Factory Story
When Charles and Donna Cooley retired from Southern Utah University in 1995, they began producing and giving away small animal cut-outs. Children found them so appealing that they began regular deliveries 250 miles north to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City and soon, says Charles, "We got more hugs there than we did at a family reunion."
A free pickup truck load of hardwood strips inspired Charles to design and make small cars and trucks, painted by Donna, which were warmly welcomed in Salt Lake City as well at Shriner's Hospital and the Humanitarian Center, a charitable arm of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) where the Cooley's learned there were 500 million children in the world without toys.
"We couldn't make a drop in the bucket for a need like that, " said Charles. But he was told "One toy may be only a drop in the bucket of the world's needs, but it's a big drop for the child who gets it." That changed the Cooley's hobby into a full-time labor of love and inspired a motto: "We may not be able to make a toy for every child in the world who needs one, but we're going to try."
While cutting out more cars and trucks on a chilly morning in November 1996, Charles was inspired by the smiling faces of children who got their toys and their operation had a name, The Happy Factory.
Soon volunteer helpers signed on, production increased and Happy Factory toys began winning smiles from thousands more needy children all over the world and in the US, in hospitals, Family shelters,churches, schools, Native American Organizations, Foundations, Medical Clinics, Crisis Centers, Head Start branches,orphanages, and from the often forgotten young victims of natural disasters. Many individuals have even hand-carried toys to places all around the world.
When toy steam shovels on which a child can sit and manipulate the bucket were added to production, seriously disabled children were stimulated to do all sorts of things previously thought to be beyond their capability. So far, over 2,269 have been delivered to children all over the world, and in many cases and places "steam shovel therapy" is the only kind available.
The impact of steam shovels and simple little toys on children who never had one has frequently been startling, as if a light had suddenly turned on in darkened little heads. To their delight, the Cooley's discovered their toys were often tools that helped rejuvenate minds.
To date, over 1,140,000 Happy Factory toys have been given to more than 600 different organizations, groups and people in 180 countries. No Happy Factory worker makes a dime and the gifting is still gathering momentum.
With apologies to Sir Winston Churchill, Charles says "This isn't the end. This isn't even the beginning of the end. This is only the end of the beginning."
Thank you for considering The Happy Factory as a beneficiary of your time, effort and hard-earned money. You may also wish to volunteer to work at the Happy Factory, located in beautiful Cedar City, UT.
You can make a child’s life brighter in many ways.