Pick & Pack is the final event of the year where we gather, separate, and pack up toy orders. Each order will then be boxed and delivered to local social service agencies who will distribute these special gifts to their clients during the holiday season.
This year, there are 43 agencies who will be on the receiving end of our toymaking efforts, but help is needed to make sure we complete the work in time for these deliveries.
The Pick & Pack weekend involves two days of activities. Read below to find out more and then consider joining us for one or both of these events.
Friday December 1, 2023 - Setup Day
12:00 PM Task: Moving toys from Bargersville Storage. Mike Robards needs four people at that location to help move boxes down a chute and into the truck. These toys will then be driven up to Talon Test Laboratories. Please contact Mike if you are able to help.
3:00 PM @ Talon Test Laboratories 915 Western Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241 We would like to have 15 to 20 people at this location to help unload boxes and move toys to the 11 distribution stations inside the building. The goal is to get everything ready for Saturday.
If you can help on Friday, please let one of us know: Jacque Beck at 317-674-5986 or Mike Robards at 317-416-9755.
Saturday December 2, 2023 - Our big day!!
Task: Sorting and packing Toys - We would love to have around 70 volunteers. (Please no children under 10 years old.)
Location: Talon Test Laboratories 915 Western Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241 This is a huge, beautiful site. (A Special Thanks to Stan Jewula!!) Everything will be done indoors.
8:30 AM - There will be donuts and coffee served for all volunteers at Talon Labs.
9:00 AM - Start packing! It will be a wonderful time to get to know your fellow woodworking friends and make a difference in so many children’s lives. The end time depends on how many volunteers show up, but we are generally done before lunchtime!
12:00 PM Pizza and Drinks
Drivers Needed: We need drivers to help deliver toys to various agencies. Pick up at Talon Labs on Saturday, to be delivered on Monday.
Other Need: We need convertible carts/two-wheel dollies. The ones with pneumatic tires are the best. If you have one that we can use please bring it with you, or contact Jim Chrena to make the arrangements. Jim Chrena at 317-701-1325
Directions: Talon is located just west of 465 on the west side. You can get to it from either US36 or Washington street:
From US 36, go South on Girls School Rd. Turn left (East) onto W. McCarty St. You will see the sign for Talon Test Laboratories at the bend in the road on your left.
- Delivery drivers: Park on the north side of the building (driveway on left.)
- Volunteers: Please Park on the south side of the building (driveway on the right.)
From West Washington St. Exit from 465, go west on Washington St. and go to High School Rd. Turn right, go north to W. Morris Street, and turn left. Go until you see Western Dr and turn right. You will see Talon Labs at the bend in the road on the right.