80-Year-Old Craftsman Hand-Makes Wooden Toys for Children in Need Every Christmas

Wooden Toy Maker Jim Annis

For many people, Christmas is all about giving, but some families struggle to afford gifts for under the Christmas tree. Fortunately, there’s one kindhearted man who’s just like a real-life Santa Claus. Meet 80-year-old James Annis, a woodworker who’s been crafting toys for children in need for the last 50 years.

Annis donates nearly 300 toys to the Salvation Army of Sanford. From wooden cars to dolls, he sculpts each delightful design out of wooden scraps he gets from local donations, but otherwise he pays for his other materials (such as wheels and paint) himself, costing him around $1,000 each year. Annis’ selfless act of kindness comes from the fact that he grew up without toys of his own, and wants to make sure other kids don’t have to do the same.

“My dad worked, but didn’t make a lot of money. It’s hard to have a big Christmas with five kids,” reveals Annis. “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.” Although the craftsman has been doing this for 5 decades, he doesn’t plan to stop soon. He wants to continue bringing joy to kids for as long as he can. He says with a grin, “I hope to be able to do this until my toes curl up.”

80-year-old woodworker James Annis has been crafting toys for children in need for the last 50 years.

Wooden Toy Maker Jim Annis

Wooden Toy Maker Jim Annis

He donates nearly 300 handmade toys to the Salvation Army of Sanford each year.

Wooden Toy Maker Jim Annis

Wooden Toy Maker Jim Annis

h/t: [Bored Panda]

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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