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Woodworking "elves" at Carlsbad senior community making handmade toys for kids

Posted at 6:05 PM, Dec 02, 2019

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - Each Monday, a group of dedicated seniors gather in their woodshop, on a mission to make the holidays a little brighter for North County kids in need.

The woodworking elves of the La Costa Glen senior living community in Carlsbad have spent nearly a year creating 100 handmade toys of all shapes and sizes.

The toys have up to 39 pieces, crafted with various types of wood like walnut, cherry, and mahogany.

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Five woodworkers spent the year making around 4,000 parts for the toys.

"It's all handmade, and a lot of love and care goes into putting it together," said Tom Woodbury, a member of the toymaking team.

Countless hours have gone into the effort. Among the toys are a truck, grasshopper, and mouse.

"There's a lot of detail in it, lot of small parts, lot of medium-sized parts, not too many big parts," said Woodbury.

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Toymaker Carolyn Rowland says she enjoys being part of the team.

"I feel very blessed, and I'm thankful for being able to live here. And one way to show that thanks is to give back to the community," said Rowland.

This year, the toys will be donated to charities, including the Casa De Amparo in North County.

The team also sells toys year-round to help cover supply costs, to learn more contact La Costa Glen in Carlsbad.