Silverton man uses hobby to spread happiness at local children’s hospital

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A Silverton man uses his hobby to spread happiness at local children’s hospital man is turning his love for woodworking int more than just a hobby, by donating hand made toys to the Children’s Hospital at Northwest.

Tim Kent said he has been making toys all his life. It started when he was a boy. Kent said he would take old, wooden, produce crates from the grocery store and turn them into toys to sell to the kids at school.

Decades later, his love for woodworking and toys still very much alive, Kent said he get the idea from an article in his woodworking magazine.

“I just thought to myself ‘Well, I’ve got the wood shop and I’ve got the wood. Anything they can do I can too,’” Kent explained. “I just went out to the shop and started piddling.”

Kent got a hold of Child Life Specialist Becky Imel who said she would love to have him drop off some toys. During his first visit to the hospital, Kent said he donated about 40 toys.

“Some of the wood here is reclaimed wood,” Kent said. “If I get a chance to get some wood that’s a little bit unusual, the double striped ones here, the light-colored wood is part of my old fence from my house. I didn’t want to throw it away.”

It’s a good thing he didn’t because Imel went through those toys fast. During his second visit, Kent got to meet some of the children that would be receiving his toys.

“It’s a real thrill,” Kent said. “Very, very heartwarming.”

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