Santa’s elves have a lot of toys to make each year, so sometimes they have to outsource. Some of the helpers this year are retired individuals who pulled together to create something special for little girls.
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Retired contractor Roy Carter, 86, is a member of Gold Country Wood Workers. “We make toys for Toys for Tots and the Center for Violence-Free Relationships every year,” said Carter, “but they are mostly trains, airplanes and cars — not too much for little girls.”
During a discussion with Mary Fatooh, activity director for Gold County Retirement Community, Fatooh asked if Carter had ever made a doll bed or a cradle. She had an antique cradle someone in her family had made. Carter fashioned a pattern from it and then made one at his home workshop.
The cradle was so successful, that Carter made eight more and then he built a doll bed which his wife, Pearl, loved. He built 10 doll beds which Pearl and her friends furnished with blankets, mattresses and dolls to be given away as Christmas gifts.
Back at Gold Country, Marjory Hubbell, 88, Mary Hinzman, 87, Doris Pine, 92 1/2, and Jean Hunter, 84, were busily knitting soft blankets for the eight cradles.
“One of my friends donated eight dolls and I made covered pads and pillows for the cradles,” said Fatooh.
On Dec. 5, Carter brought the cradles to Gold Country so Fatooh and the knitters could see how their collaborative efforts turned out before delivery to the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and the Center. Standing for a photo between the ladies who are part of a knitting group at Gold Country, Carter joked, “Don’t let my wife see this.”
The ladies make other items for donation throughout the year. Mary Hinzman donates hats to the Cancer Resource Center in Cameron Park and to the homeless. Doris Pine, who learned to knit in first grade in Germany makes hats, slippers and many other items.
The cradles and blankets are sure to be cherished, perhaps becoming heirlooms to be passed along to future generations. No matter how mature the elf, Santa always appreciates the help.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.