Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Willy Bob Toy Box given to Wausa community church

WAUSA — Pastor Denny Wheeler, pastor of the Overton, Elm Creek and Williamsburg United Methodist Churches in Nebraska, came to the Wausa United Methodist Church Jan. 19 to share his story and to bring a “Willy Bob Toy Box.”

The idea of the toy box began when Pastor Denny’s grandson was born and was not expected to live. With many prayers answered, his grandson survived. Pastor Denny wanted to do something for the answered prayers, so the Willy Bob Toy Box was formed. It is a way of giving from one church to another.

A toy box is constructed from wood. It is filled with numerous items, such as coats, mittens, clothing, non-perishable food items, books, school supplies, toys and much more. The toy box is then delivered to a church, where the recipients are asked to give away the items in their community or area. They are then to fill the toy box back up, and deliver the toy box to a church in another area.

Sunday, the Wausa United Methodist Church received the 22nd toy box Pastor Denny’s parish has delivered. One has been delivered as far away as Arizona.

Pastor Judy Carlson of the Wausa UMC was asked if the church would be willing to accept this toy box and the challenge, and she immediately said yes.

Pastor Denny, along with several folks from Overton, delivered the toy box and explained to the children how small churches are changing the world one small life at a time with the gift of sharing.