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31 years of restoring toys

November 26, 2013
Enid Young , Dysart Reporter

It is time; after 31 years of restoring toys to 'new' condition, I need to give up this project and have a 'normal life' as Dean asks me to. I thank him for his patience with endless toys and boxes all over the house for so long.

I am well known as the 'Toy Lady,' and have so many to thank for the help, support, encouragement and love that has kept me going through the years. I couldn't have done it without you. So many thousands of children have received Christmas and birthday toys through my LOV-EY toy project. (Love from Enid Young)

I want to thank the many church groups, women's clubs, schools, Shriners, Lions club, Knights of Columbus, DDC and individuals for financial help in mailing. My shipping costs have averaged around $800.00 per year for some time, but all were covered by generous people.

I have always said that as long as God wants me fix these toys for needy children, He would find a way to send me the money I needed, and He has blessed me with that. I have never been 'in the hole'. The boxes of toys, books and clothing have gone to children in orphanages, missions, Indian reservations and churches across many states, none overseas. I would like to thank those who have brought me supplies of fabrics, doll bottles, lace, thread and batting for baby quilts and stuffing, etc. I cannot forget to thank the sweet young ladies who came to put together hundreds of great Barbie gift sets. They had a good time, and I was so grateful for their expert help. I also have been honored numerous times with beautiful plaques and certificates of recognition, newspaper articles and dinners. I thank each and everyone who has named me as deserving of these tributes. Growing up in England during WW11, from 6-12 years old, our family was not without money; but in the shops were only basic needs to buy. It saddened mothers not to be able to have bright Christmas and birthday toys for their children. My dream to provide these f or children here and now grew and grew, 'as a mustard seed into a tree'. Over the years you have been my 'branches' bringing me toys to fix up, and cash donations to send out the boxes of clean, bright stuffed animals and dolls. I have so many memories of this time, and oh, how I will miss hanging them out to dry in the bright sunshine. I never saw one child receiving my gifts, but I have had photos sent to me, and can visualize smiling young faces. May God richly bless all of you for your love and support. I couldn't have done it alone. I love you, Enid Young.



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