N.C. veteran crafts wooden toys for kids in need every Christmas
RALEIGH, N.C. (WSET) -- Not all families are fortunate enough to gift their children during the holidays.
That's where 80-year-old Army veteran, Jim Annis comes in.
According to WTVD, he spends the holiday season crafting wooden toys by hand. Then every Christmas, he donates the toys to his local Salvation Army for kids who might not be getting one.
"When the Salvation Army gives out the food and clothes to people in this area, I give out my toys," Annis tells WTVD.
WTVD says he makes dolls, cars, piggy banks and even tractors and firetrucks.
"Between the wheels and paint, I spent about $1000," said Annis.
He says this isn't about money but something more personal.
He says he remembers what it feels like to wake up Christmas morning with no gifts to open.
"It feels like you're sort of forgotten about at Christmas time," he says. "My dad he worked, but didn't make a lot of money. It's hard to have a big Christmas with five kids."
According to WTVD, he's been doing this for 50 years now.
"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," Annis tells WTVD. "I hope to be able to do this until my toes curl up."
Thank-you for being an American Bad Ass Jim Annis. You are pretty AWESOME!!!!