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It's what some are calling a real-life Santa's workshop: a volunteer group has been working all year in Florida to make toys for underprivileged children.

The Toymakers of East Lake brought some of their colorful handmade creations to the set of “Fox and Friends” this morning.

 

 

It takes an hour to make each toy by hand, they told Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

But for volunteers like Thaddeus Pollard, a 95-year-old WWII veteran who helps make the toys, “the meaning comes when we deliver them.”

East Lake sets out to deliver toys each year to kids at hospitals, women and children’s shelters, and “really, any child in need,” said President Bob Helms.

“We don’t make toys, we make smiles,” said one volunteer.

Some of their “walking” duck and penguin toys even help encourage kids to do their physical therapy, said Helms.

This Christmas, more than 230 volunteers will hand out a whopping 12,000 toys.

Pollard this morning also delivered a special message of his own to his wife Lucille, with whom he is celebrating an impressive 73 years.

"Lucille, I loved you then, I love you now, and I love you still," he said."I always have, and I always will."

Find out more about the Toymakers' great work above, and see how to get involved, here.


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