It is never too early to talk Christmas when it comes to area children and for David Grayson, it has become a passion project to build something for as many children as possible.

"I saw an ad in a wood making magazine and began to make wooden toys for our church to give to Operation Christmas Child," Grayson said. "A lot of toys given to kids tend to be made of plastic so I thought, 'why not make them of wood to make them more durable.’"

The project began in 2017 and will continue this year.

"I was asked to come up with 500 toys and I was able to make 450," Grayson said. "This year I am looking to make 400; 300 trucks and 100 cars.

"Most of the parts have been cut out of scraps of two-by-fours that need to be sanded prior to assembling them, then I paint them."

Main distribution for the toys will go through Salvation Army and Operation Christmas Child but some donations are needed to complete the task.

"We have purchased the wheels and axels for the trucks and still need to buy the same for the cars," Grayson said. "We have some spray paint but will need a lot more.

"All donations are welcome and any extra money would equal more cars I would be able to make."

If you are interested in making a donation for the wooden toys to go towards Operation Christmas Child, contact Grayson at 620-255-3024.

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