Here's a great idea for woodworkers looking to give back.
The Michigan Woodworkers' Guild of Royal Oak, Mich., was honored recently for community projects that include making a doll-size MRI machine for the Detroit Medical Center Children's Hospital of Michigan. The replica allows children who are scheduled for MRIs to put their dolls through the process, so they understand it better and aren't as afraid.
The guild's many other projects for the hospital include building small boxes to hold patients' possessions, as well as memory boxes that the hospital uses to return the possessions of childen who have died in its care.
The guild was the grand prize winner in Minwax's 2011 Community Craftsman Award Program.
You can read about the guild and download plans for its memory boxes on its website.