Coastal Bend Woodtuners
Parkway Presbyterian Church
3707 Santa Fe
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
(Located in the Boy Scout building behind the church)
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There are many programs that our club supports. Here are a few of them with links to their websites.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a 189-bed pediatric tertiary care center with pediatric specialists representing 32 medical and 13 surgical specialties offering care throughout South Texas, including Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Victoria, and Laredo. Through the vision and generosity of its founder, Clara Driscoll, Driscoll Children’s Hospital opened in 1953, becoming the first, and remains the only, free-standing children’s hospital in South Texas. In 2016, Driscoll had almost 171,000 patient visits, including nearly 38,000 patients seen at South Texas’ first emergency room created specifically for pediatrics.
Driscoll Children's Hospital is a local hospital. It is really fun to watch a child put down their electronic devices to play with a wooden top or to do their homework with a handmade wooden pen. Sometimes our members turn a lidded box to store their crayons.
Camp Aranzazu (pronounced Ah ran' zah zoo) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs by providing unique camping, environmental studies, and retreat experiences to groups with special needs. We accomplish this mission based on an ecumenical understanding that as people of God, we are called to demonstrate love and compassion for others, and responsibility for our environment. The barrier-free facility features paved walkways to assist wheelchair travel, specialized equipment to enable maximum participation in water sports and other physical activities, as well as a medical facility for campers requiring daily treatments and medications.
The camp seeks to create and maintain a partnership between the campers and the land that preserves and protects the existing habitat for native and endangered species of plants and animals, and complements the history of the area and local community. Many community partners have joined together to help make the camp experience extraordinary and unique from any other camp program. Some of these community partners include the Rockport Center for the Arts, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.
Our club provides items for their silent auction. Often these items are Christmas Ornaments.
The Beads of Courage program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.
Woodturning clubs across the country provide wooden boxes for the children to store their beads.