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Randolph Toymakers is in its 10th year of making small, wooden toys to be given away to children locally and worldwide. What started out as a one man operation making a few toys to give to local ambulance and fire
companies for scared and sick children has grown into something bigger, much bigger.
From a small, gifted workshop space owned by the late Cliff Dunstan in East Randolph and a grant from the John E. McLaughlin Fund through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Randolph Toymakers began its journey. Under the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit umbrella of RACDC, other grants were obtained, individual and corporate donations from local companies; such as Cummins, Inc., Lynn Development Group and the former Randolph Dimensions, which have kept Toymakers growing.
Last Spring an incredible donation of a new, extremely large workshop was provided by Rand Machine at 26 Center Street in Randolph (the former Bordens Condensary and later, Alcoa). This space has made it possible for volunteers to “come out of the woodwork”, so to speak….lots of volunteers; ready, willing and able to make as many toys as we can.
“So now comes the need for even more funds to continue the great work we are doing here.” Said original Toymaker Dick Hall. “We use the funds we receive to purchase wheels for the toys, paint, saw blades,
sandpaper, dowels, etc…all of the items we use to make the safe, all-wooden toys. We actually get requests now for the toys from local churches for Vacation Bible Schools, and from Mission Group to take the toys on mission trips. Our toys go to children in impoverished countries; Jamaica, Africa, South America and beyond,” Lyn Hall, the chief Toy painter and shop cleaner said with a smile “We stopped counting how many toys have been made here in Randolph once we got over 10,000.”
Here is how you can help: Enter to Run or Walk the 5k on July 30th. It is a fun, fast 5k from our shop on 26 Center Street, down Swamp Road and back. The entry fee is $10 for pre-registration and $15 on the day of the event. Come and support the entrants the day of the race as there will be a live band, a Barbeque and baked goods available. Visit the Toymakers workshop during the Open House.
There will be FREE t-shirts for the first 150 race registrants, special handmade finisher medals and prizes for age group winners. A unique turn-around point surprise will make this a very fun event for all that enter.
Applications may be picked up at the Randolph Toymakers Shop at 26 Center Street (the door facing the railroad tracks) or on our Facebook page. Checks should be made out to RACDC with Randolph Toymakers in the memo line.
For questions please call 716-358-0026.