Christmas is a season of joys and gifts but for some financially struggling families even having a tree is a luxury much less to buy the gifts for their children. Luckily for such people in one community, there lives a man who is the true embodiment of the Christmas spirit that is to spread joys.
The name of this kind-hearted person is Jim Annis who is an 80 years old veteran of the army. This man has taken upon himself for the holidays to be about one and one reason alone, to give those who are in need of it most. This is the very reason that Jim has been making wooden toys for kids of the struggling families for the last 50 years at Christmas.
Jim said to the media, “When the Salvation Army gives clothes and foods to the people who are financially struggling, I give them toys.”
For every year for the last 50 years, Jim has been making wooden toys for kids and he donates 300 of them each year to the Salvation Army of Stanford. The old man gets some of the wood as scraps from the neighbors but provides for other materials from his own pocket.
Buying all the materials to make these 300 toys each year, costs him about 1000 dollars. Still, to Jim, this is not about the money, instead is about making kids happy. Jim also remembers the sad feeling of not getting gifts in his childhood on Christmas because of how poor his father was and his family had 5 kids. Jim does not want these kids to have such a sad memory of their childhood Christmas and wants every kid in his community to feel the real joy of opening a Christmas gift.
Jim mostly makes the wooden toys which are mostly dolls or fire trucks and also adds in a few wooden piggy banks as well. The man hopes to continue his noble work as long as he lives.
Jim says, “People ask me as to how much do I get paid for making these toys and then I tell them that the joy on the faces of these kids is my payment. I hope to do this task of spreading joy to kids and their families until my toes curl up.”