RAPID CITY, S.D. ( KOTA TV) Members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association brought smiles to the faces of children today.
"Did you ever have a 4-year-old come up and grab your leg and say, 'Thank you Santa Claus?' That's the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Last year, right here in this room, they pick up the toy and come over and thank you Santa Claus. Makes your heart thump," said Woodworkers Association Member Grant Coffin.
The association spent all year handcrafting nearly 2,000 wooden toys for children at Youth and Family Services.
Trucks, animals, and jewelry boxes are just some of the handcrafted toys given to the kids. Most of the wood is from local pine trees and is donated to the group.
Members say it feels great to be Santa’s elf for a day.
"It's quite the commitment of kindness that they express to the children of Youth and Family Services and they're waiting to bring love, joy and hope to these children, through this special gift that they have made," said Youth and Family Services Nutrition Services Program Director Darcie Decker.
The Rapid City Woodworkers Association will start making next year's Christmas toys in a month. They hope to make around 3,000 toys.