Mary has been a very active worker for the Touch Toys program for twelve
Touch Toys is an organization that makes toys for the blind children in
the metropolitan Washington area.
The toys, which are made by individuals at various area senior centers,
are used to teach the children about life through touching shapes.
The handmade toys include items ranging from such things as houses,
windows, and doors, to stuffed caterpillars.
In 1982, Mary convinced Betty Houston, of the Red Cross, who is in charge
of volunteers for nursing homes, to arrange for volunteers from the
Embassies and the World Bank to be introduced to, and instruction in, the
creation of touch toys for handicapped children.
The response to this request for volunteers was overwhelming and the
first workshop, held on January 26, 1982, included seventeen representatives
of the embassies of Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
Mary's idea resulted in the production of a large number of toys at
the workshop, and many, many classes held by the volunteers in various
nursing homes and homes for the elderly.
The Zonta Club of Montgomery County is a strong supporter of the Touch
Toy program, along with other local service organizations, such as the
Montgomery College Women's Association.
Mary is shown above volunteering at the Touch Toy exhibit for the Zonta
Club of Montgomery County.