24 January 2020 - Real-Life Santa Has Been Making Wooden Toys For Children In Need For 50 Years

Real-Life Santa Has Been Making 
Wooden Toys For Children In Need For 50 Years

G'day folks,

Well, Christmas has come and gone again but I wonder how many kids missed out on gifts. Here is one guy who tries to remedy that situation.

With so many children impatiently waiting for Christmas morning to unwrap their presents, sadly, there are also those who will not receive any gifts. 

Families who are struggling to make ends meet aren’t always able to put presents under the Christmas tree. Luckily, there are many people in the community who are willing to spread kindness and help the families in need.

One of these kindhearted people is an 80-year-old army veteran, Jim Annis. The man makes the holiday season all about giving back to those who need it the most. That’s why for the past 50 years, Annis has been making toys for kids from struggling families.

Each year, he crafts handmade wooden toys and donates around 300 of them to the Salvation Army of Sanford. The man receives some of the wooden scraps from his neighbors and pays for other materials himself.

This costs him as much as $1000 each year. However, to him, it’s not about the money, but rather making kids feel cared for. Annis knows the feeling of not getting gifts on Christmas very well.

Some of the toys he makes are fire trucks, dolls, and even piggy banks. The man hopes to continue doing this for as long as he can.

“I love when people ask me how much do I get paid for making these toys. I tell them my pay is when I see the smile on kids’ faces,” said Annis. “I hope to be able to do this until my toes curl up.”

Clancy's comment: Wow. Good for him. Love ya work, Jim.

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  1. Brilliant .Love Ya Work.


  2. The toys are adorable. They are collectors items. I am betting that children would select these over some electronic toy that gets boring quickly. I am sorry that he is retiring these beautiful skills. You can be sure that this kind of workmanship with die with him. My husband says that the death of an old person is like burning down a library. Who will be able to do this once he quits? Who will even know how once he dies?