The Toy Shoppe was founded in 1999 by four retired gentleman who saw their mission to be two-fold.
- To produce 1000 wooden toys per year and distribute them to disadvantaged children in Warren County at no cost.
- To provide a venue that would give retired senior citizens the opportunity to socialize, have fun, experience camaraderie and to stimulate their mental and physical skills in retirement.The Toy Shoppe has met the production goal of producing 1000 wooden toys per year every year
In fact, we produced and decorated 1,400 handmade wooden toys for the disadvantaged children in Warren County in 2019. Most were distributed through The Salvation Army at Christmas and the remainder were distributed to 10 different Agencies and Day Care centers who provide services to children in Warren County.
To keep up this level of production we need assistance with purchasing paint for decorating the toys, with purchasing new tools, replacing worn out tool parts, and purchasing some wood for toy production.
In addition, we need volunteers for building toys. As the Toy Shoppe volunteers age, we have lost volunteers, and this makes it difficult to keep up our production rate. Do not worry about not having experience, we provide training and safety instruction. You will be surprised at what you can do. We need you.
Contact: Patrick Williams
Phone: (814) 726-1641 (H) 814-730-7830 (C)