Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Wooden toys for needy tots

Jim Annis is 80 years old and lives in Sanford, North Carolina. He's been helping out Santa Claus for the past half-century by spending many days carving and sanding blocks of wood into fun toys. When the Salvation Army gives out food and clothes to need people, Jim gives out his toys.

He donates nearly 300 toys to the Salvation Army of Sanford, and except for scraps of wood he gets from nearby homeowners, he pays for all the wood himself. Why? Because he remembers waking up on Christmas morning with no gifts to open. "Between the wheels and the paint, I spent about $1,000," he says, to make small and large cars, dolls, piggy banks, tractors and firetrucks. He's been doing this for 50 Christmases, with no plans to quit.

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