Winona woodworker donates 450 toys to Toys for Tots


One of Santa's elves has been making toys right here in Minnesota.

The Winona Daily News reports Jim Frankard will make the largest donation the local Toys for Tots program has ever received: 450 wooden hand-made toys created in Frankard's Winona wood shop.

Small, pine-wood cars, bulldozers, trucks and tractors are a huge hit with kid ages 3 to 6, Frankard says.

Photo: Andrew Link/Winona Daily News

The retired Peerless Chain engineer and Air Force veteran once spent two and a half years building an airplane in the shop and broke nine distance record flying around the country.

In an interview with the Post Bulletin, Frankard says he started making the toys in the spring and would work on them three to four times a week. Each toy takes two hours to complete, but for Frankard, it's just a hobby.

"It's what I enjoy. Making toys was a first for me, but I felt like it was something I could contribute," he said.

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