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Elderly Man Spends Year Making Toys To Thrill Children For Christmas

Kenneth Craig, 96, a resident from Arroyo Grande CA dropped off hundreds of handmade toy planes for KSBY's Season of Hope campaign.

Craig and his caregiver went to KSBY's studio in San Luis Obispo Wednesday to make the donation.

Craig tells KSBY this is the seventh year he has made more than 100 planes. Craig use to donate them all to the Salvation Army until he saw our Season of Hope campaign and wanted to share the wealth.

"When I was young I had nothing really, so I am glad to be able to make something for the kids that do not have much. I remember the feeling, even though it's been 90 years or so, of not having a Christmas toy and then my friends telling me about what Santa or family had given them for Christmas".

Craig used to give them all to the Salvation Army until he heard about the Season of Hope campaign of local TV station KSBY in San Luis Obispo, so this year he made 200 for them and another 100 for the Salvation Army. He spent all year working on the toys and says he does it because he grew up poor and it makes him happy to be able to make something for kids that don’t have much.

The nonagenarian creates the toy planes using recycled materials and leaves them unpainted “so the kids can decorate them the way they like to.” He estimates that over the last seven years he’s made about 1-thousand planes for local children in need.

See the KSBY-TV interview here

Super senior sitting outdoors contemplating

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