SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) _ A project that for three years put student woodworkers in the Santa Claus business is out of money, a teacher says.

Students in the industrial arts department at Central Junior High School in Sand Springs have crafted thousands of toys and furniture over the past three years to bring Christmas cheer to needy youngsters.

But instructor Mikel Dunn said Monday he hasn't mentioned the project to classes yet this year because there is no money to purchase supplies. He said the project usually receives donations, but ''times are real hard now.''

''We don't have anything to work with,'' Dunn said. ''Everything is on hold until we get some funding or some wood or anything to help out.''

The school's seasonal effort was one of three junior high school projects featured recently in a Good Housekeeping magazine article about people who help the needy during the holidays.

Dunn said the 100 participating students could make 6,000 toys. He still hopes they can make hundreds of cars, trains, trucks, blocks, wagons, toy chests, stick horses and action figures.

''Charity is a hard thing to learn. Many of these children have never done it,'' he said. ''The lesson of giving is something a lot of people need to learn.

''There are lots of little girls and little boys out there who will not have a Christmas unless we do our part,'' he said. ''A toy sometimes can make up for a lot of pain.''

Dunn, who also owns Bear Creek Toys, said he plans to donate some of his stock to help out.