Centennial retirees makes 405,000 toys for children around the world
Dutch Van Maaren calls his passion of woodworking “an addiction.”
And he uses that passion as a means of selfless giving.
The 72-year-old craftsman and Gates Rubber Co. retiree, along with about two dozen volunteers at two Centennial retirement communities, makes toys for children and keeps the spirit of Christmas alive in their hearts all year long.
In a third-floor workshop at the Johnson Center and Village assisted-living facility in Centennial, three women and 10 men spoke little but smiled a lot as they recently worked on an assembly line of wooden toy cars, tapping pegs and making wheels spin like overgrown, gray-haired elves in Santa’s workshop.
“Woodworking is an addiction, and I enjoy it,”
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