Local California Couple Makes 1,400 Toys Christmas

Mike and Judy Sullivan Source: Good News Network

Mike and Judy Sullivan began preparing for Christmas early this year because they had an ambitious goal. The couple, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, have recently been spending most of their days making toys at their home-based workshop in Desert Hot Springs, California.

Mike, a 72-year-old, 26-year army retired army veteran, and his wife Judy  recently joined a woodworking club. Initially it started as a hobby, but after recognizing the joy making toys could bring to families, they just couldn’t stop making them.

Mike manages the toy production side of the workshop, while Judy handles decoration and quality control. They’ve even incorporated their 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren into the business to serve as toy testers.

Mike told CNN, “Most of the things I got were handmade toys. They were wonderful toys, I know how much I enjoyed them and just hope that kids that get them now still do.”

This year, because of the pandemic, many families have been facing financial hardships. So, Mike and Judy decided to make 1,400 toys this year for families experiencing economic hardship.  Some of the toys included: animal figures, puzzles, and trucks, to name just a few.

The Sullivan family’s toys this year found their way to kindergarten classes, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, a food pantry, and other charitable organizations—all of them free of charge.

Raising $19,000 through the GoFundMe page to cover costs, the Sullivan’s got to work. 

“We’re both in good health and are able to be out here six to seven days a week for eight to 10 hours,” Sullivan told CNN. “It’s so much fun, it feels like home here in the shop working things out.”

Despite rarely getting to see the children that receive the toys, Mike and Judy are extremely excited about their work and being able to help families this holiday season.

Source: Good News Network