The donation of the wooden toys was made by the San Diego Fine Woodworker's Association (http://sdfwa.org): “a non-profit . . . organized in 1982, to unite people who share a common interest and enthusiasm for working with wood.” The donation was facilitated through Dr. Elaine V. Sunga, of Sunga Orthodontics (http://www.sungaortho.com) in Eastlake, herself a 20 year parishioner of Corpus Christi.
Dr. Sunga was made aware of the SDFWA’s Toy Making Workshop, which brings the association’
Dr. Sunga’s associate had given her son, Branden, a small wooden train, and she had mentioned to Mr. Vitale how much Branden loves playing with the train. Mr. Vitale told Dr. Sunga about the SDFWA and their work, and together coordinated the donation of the crafted wooden toys to the church’s Christmas Store.
The wooden toys come in various colors, sizes, and finishes, and include flatbed trucks, birds, hippos with a moving mouth, tractors complete with a moving forklift, push toys, and over 60 racecars.
Corpus Christi, along with St. Anthony of Padua, will include the wooden toys in their Christmas Store, to be held December 20-21, 2012. The store is in its sixth year, and benefits families in need, from children as young as 2, to parents. Corpus Christi Catholic Church was founded in 1984, with a congregation of over 4,000 families. Its pastor is Reverend Patrick Mulcahy (Father Pat).
Dr. Sunga was raised in Bonita, graduating from Bonita High School and attending UCLA (undergraduate and DDS) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Certificate in the Specialty of Orthodontics)
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