The Toy Shop

To say this group is dedicated is an understatement. They are quite passionate and devote many hours to the production of a wide array of lovely toys for Christmas distribution.

The toy production began with a gentleman by the name of Irv Aydelotte from Delmar, Delaware.  Irv, or “Poor ol’ Irv” as he was affectionately known, was already making toys in the shop next to his home when he joined  the Mason Dixon Woodworkers.  Irv asked other members to join him in making toys. Through that request, approximately 15 people joined him in his effort.  Due to their dedication the number of toys  increased to approximately 1200 toys per year.

The toy campaign was long the dream of Irv’s. He made sure his dream would remain alive even after he was gone. He made a request through his daughter to his wife, Doris Aydelotte, that she would allow the woodworkers to continue to use his workshop to make toys after his death. She graciously continued to allow the woodworkers to meet and make toys in “Poor ol’ Irv's” shop for 9 more years until the toy shop was relocated to a larger facility.

In 2015 a new shop was set up for toy production at Blind Industries in Salisbury, Md. The toys are produced all year long, some at the toy shop and some at the homes of the volunteers.  Each year, on the first Saturday in December, the toys are distributed to about 30 organizations, who in turn deliver the toys to those in need.

The success of the Toy Program is best described as a partnership.  In addition to those who give of their time and talents to make the toys, our partners include:   Those who sew/crochet/knit the pillows, blankets, etc. for doll beds and cradles;  those who provide lumber, materials, and financial support;  Blind Industries and Services of Maryland who graciously provide workshop space; and finally those who distribute the toys, placing them in hands where most needed.

The Toy Shop is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 to 4 at 1303 Old Ocean City Road, Salisbury, MD.

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