There's something special about a holiday gift that's hand-made right, here in Maine. For the past two decades, a Corinth man has been busy, chiseling, carving, and crafting toys for local children.
Santa's workshop may be all the way up at the North Pole, but Maine has its own workshop here, just outside of Bangor. For 21 years now, Randy Elliott has been making toys by hand and donating them to children. However, he doesn't do it all alone. Two neighborhood teenagers and a close friend, have joined Randy in his efforts to make sure everyone has a special gift this holiday season.
"I feel that children should have something for Christmas." Says Norma Leighton, who has helped Randy out for the past three years, and is in charge of all the dolls that are donated. "He was working so hard, I thought I would give him a helping hand."
Carving away in their own workshop, they know these gifts mean more to the children who receive them than anyone can possibly imagine.
"We always had something under the tree," Randy says. "I can't imagine any kid not having something under the tree."
If you would like to contact Randy and Norma to either donate gifts, your time, or money, you can contact them by giving them a call. Numbers listed below.