ERIE, Pa. — Not all of Santa’s helpers work at the North Pole.
Some of them work right here in Erie, crafting handmade toys for less fortunate kids in our area.
For the past 30 years, a dedicated group of retirees meet and put their woodworking skills to use.
These folks meet for five or six hours, five days a week in an area offered to them by Erie Press Systems.
In the workshop, wooden airplanes, trucks, trains, boats and marble games are all handmade by Santa’s helpers. For some of the volunteers, making these toys means some kids will have a special Christmas after all.
“I remember when I didn’t get any toys, so it’s a pleasure to give toys out to the underprivileged where the family can’t afford toys for them,” Harold Wesmiller said.
Santa’s helpers provide many churches and organizations the homemade toys to hand out to the families that need them.