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A retired sheriff’s department pilot in Westphalia, MI seems to have become a real-life Santa, using his woodworking skills to create beautiful custom toys which he donates to local children.  From the article:

“Tony Pohl spent about eight hours a day for three weeks creating a wooden rocking horse. When he was finished, the retired law enforcement officer donate the horse to Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas with the stipulation Kangas find a fitting home for the wooden steed.

“‘We gave the rocking horse to RAVE (Relief After Violent Encounter),’ said Kangas, ‘so many children will be able to enjoy riding it and will benefit from Tony’s generosity.’

“Pohl also gave Kangas 25 wooden airplanes for distribution to county youths.”

What a great idea.  I think next year we’ll fire up the Toolmonger shop and give this a go ourselves.

Retiree’s Woodworking Talent Benefits Children [LSJ.com]


One Response to A Real-Life Santa

  1. Marko says:

    It’s wonderful to hear of woodworkers using their skills to brighten the lives of others. The members of the woodworking clubs I belong to also build and donate toys to local and regional organizations.

    The woodworkers of the Western Ohio Woodworking Club donate toys every year to the Fisher House at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Fisher Houses are homes away from home for those needing to travel to a military base for treatment) and to the Children’s Medical Center in Dayton Ohio. You can see photos of many of the few hundred toys that were donated this year at http://westernohiowoodworkers.org/photo_12_2006.html

    The woodworkers of the Cincinnati Woodworking Club support the Christian Appalachian Project in Kentucky with their toy donations every year. This year they set a new record for their donations with over 900 toys. You can see pictures of many of the toys at http://cincinnatiwoodworkingclub.org/CAP%20Toys%202006%20Gallery/index.html

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