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HM Engenharia donates toys made of reused wood at Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 20:33
Mr. Agnaldo is the carpenter who makes the toys in Barretos Mr. Agnaldo is the carpenter who makes the toys in Barretos

For the second consecutive year, HM Engenharia will donate toys made in-house to social service institutions in Campinas and Barretos, São Paulo upstate. The pieces were made from leftover wood from the construction sites. The distribution will happen on December 16 with the company’s volunteer professionals. Over 600 toys will be given to children and adolescents aged 11 to 15.

The kits consist of recreational and educational games, such as checkers, Peg solitaire, ducks, spinning tops and motorized cars to please boys and girls of all ages. So far, over 2.3 thousand toys were manufactured, and most of them were given on the Doing Good Day and special dates, all of them to children under social vulnerability. The whole material is produced at HM’s facilities, since the making of pieces by the carpenter to the painting made by volunteer employees on Saturdays and at the lunch break.

According to Paulo Nogueira, the plant’s manager in charge of supervising the production of objects, the inspiration comes from old toys. “Even though we are in the age of technology, children love spinning tops and miniature cars. The older children like especially the games”, says the manager.

In addition to toys, other recycled wood items are also produced, such as boxes to raise funds for the Social Invoice Campaign, from Camargo Corrêa Institute.