UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. - Wood finishing and wood care products manufacturer, Minwax, has selected the Michigan Woodworkers' Guild of Royal Oak, Michigan, as the winner of the 2011 Community Craftsman Award Program.
The award is being presented to honor the guild's contributions to the Detroit Medical Center - Children's Hospital of Michigan.
The Minwax Community Craftsman Award is a national program that recognizes individuals and groups that promote community improvement through working with wood, and awards them financial grants and products to encourage continued community service.
Michigan Woodworkers' Guild members have built a doll-sized MRI machine, which allows children to put their dolls through the MRI process, promoting a better understanding of the process and alleviating their stress about undergoing their own procedure.
They constructed small wooden boxes to hold patients' personal possessions during their hospitalization, and they build "memory boxes" that the hospital uses to return the possessions of children who have lost their fight with illness or injury.
Another project done by members was to make the waiting room more kid-friendly by creating 25 circus-themed picture frames, plus a magazine and book rack that is easily accessible to children of every size.
The Michigan Woodworkers' Guild receives a $5,000 cash grant, a supply of Minwax products, and a wood finishing workshop.
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