Randolph Toymaker Run Held

The start of the Randolph Toymakers third annual 5K fundraiser. Submitted photo

RANDOLPH — More than 80 people recently participated in the Randolph Toymakers third annual 5K fundraiser.

Eighty-two walkers and runners from all over Western New York and Pennsylvania, as well as participants from Florida and Colorado, came together to support two causes.

The Randolph Toymakers have been in existence for more than 10 years. The group of volunteers gets together and make simple wooden toys, more than 10,000 thus far, and distributes them to children around the world through missions trips, ambulance rides, child services at churches and other means. Money raised are used for purchasing wooden wheels, paint, brushes, saw blades, sandpaper, etc. No profit has ever been taken. This year, in addition to raising the much needed funds for the toys, there was another need that touched the hearts of Dick and Lyn Hall; they call her their Angel Elf and she has been helping the toymakers for a few years now with painting and even has used her own money to purchase wheels for toys. Mallory Evans-Brown, 9, is a Randolph native who at 18 months of age, was diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy. The condition affects Mallory’s muscle strength, balance and co-ordination. Because of her condition, her parents, Dr. Tim Brown and Holly Evans-Brown, have chosen 4 Paws for Ability to provide a service dog for Mallory. It can cost between $40,000 to $60,000 to raise a trained service dog. Half of the race proceeds will help pay for Mallory’s service dog.

For more information, visit the Randolph Toymakers’ page on Facebook or call Dick Hall at 941-228-4919. Sponsors include: Wilson Endurance Sports LLC, Randolph Auto Supply, Landmark Chevrolet, Anderson Automotive, Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department, C.W. Brown Auction, Inc, Dave and Bev’s Diner, Inkley Pharmacy, Jeff’s Autobody, Joe’s Auto and Marine Repair, Kennedy Supermarket, LandPro Equipment, Mike Frame Photography, Pepsi Bottling Group, Pete’s Place, R&M Restaurant, Randolph 7-Eleven, Randolph Manor, Randolph Peaches & Cream, Randolph Retail Company, Register Graphics, Tops Friendly Markets, the town of Randolph , Turney’s Auto Repair & Sales, Van Rensselaer & Son Funeral Home, and Vern’s Place.