CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — The sounds coming from Faust Park on this Saturday morning are not of nature, but of nurture.
For nearly 25 years, The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild has crafted more than 56,000 toys for children in the hospital.
"Makes us feel like we are doing something to make someone else's life a little bit easier," said guild member Wayne Watson.
Now their next project is taking off.
"We were looking for another opportunity to serve the community," said guild member Tom Tierney.
The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild found that opportunity in the form of a box.
"We've made 280 boxes so far. Demand is growing," Tierney said.
The goal is 500 boxes by the end of the year.
"I remember my first treasure box and I hope that is what they consider them: treasure boxes."
No gold or silver going in these boxes but perhaps something more valuable.
"There's nothing like a brand new book for a child," said Michael Shipley with the organization Bring Me a Book St. Louis.
Shipley travels around St. Louis in his book bus trying to make sure kids in under-resourced areas get their hands on a good read.
He's teaming up with the Woodworkers Guild to give a good book, a good home and that's what these boxes provide.
"They can stack them like this and it becomes a home library," Shipley said. "The great thing about the box is if they move they can carry the box with them. It also serves as a shelf."
A bus, a book and a box. A novel idea, building a brighter future.