80-year-old veteran builds Christmas presents for needy children every year


USA: Christmas is the time when we want to spread as much love as we can. This is why they say that Christmas, although it is in winter, is actually the warmest time of the year.

Every December we hear stories of people who go one step further and spread joy and happiness in the world. Fortunately, this year is no different.

Jim Annis from Sanford, North Carolina, for example. He has been building presents for children for 50 years and he does not stop just because he is 80 years old by now.

The veteran carves, glues and builds all the gifts himself before giving them to children in need. You hear right … just like the beautiful wooden toys of old.

Jim usually donates about 300 toys to the Salvation Army every year.

“When the Salvation Army distributes food and clothing to needy people in the region, I hand out my toys. It’s something that many people forget at Christmas – giving.”

Jim builds the Christmas presents from pieces of wood that he gets from his neighbours and pays for all the materials himself.

“With wheels and the paint, I’m spending about $1,000,” he says on ABC11.

And the reason for the veteran’s work? He didn’t have so many toys himself when he was young.

“My father worked, but didn’t make much money. It’s hard to have a full Christmas when you have five children. I love it when people ask me how much I get paid to build the Christmas presents.

I always say that my payment is the laughter of the children. I hope I can do this until I’m gone.”

You can also watch Jim’s work in the following video:

Wonderful, Jim! This is amazing thing to do!

Thank you, to all those who selflessly work for needy children and fellow human beings.


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