A tradition of special gifts

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La Crosse, WI – (WXOW) – A tradition continues at the La Crosse Family & Children’s Center that puts very special gifts under the organization’s Christmas Tree.

The Healthy Family program received a delivery of 36 handmade wooden toy trucks.  The vintage style toys were made possible by volunteers who take some time each year to make it possible.  One of the toymakers, Scott Cooper, is a UW La Crosse Biology professor.  He says his inspiration to build simple toys stemmed from a volunteer experience years ago.  He was helping an organization with it’s donations and noticed a shortage of new toys.

The popular hand crafted toys don’t seem to have a problem competing with today’s high tech world.

“I think kids like the wood toys.  I think part of it is the creativity.  This doesn’t have to be just one thing.  These trucks can hold matchbox cars, dinosaurs, whatever.  I think kids kind of like the simplicity of a wood toy,” Cooper said.

According to Director of Development Jamie Korn, what matters most is how much the toys help make for a happier holiday.

“You know, I think Christmas time can be a really tough time for a lot of families.  It’s really nice when they get to have something that somebody took the thought and time to make for them personally.  This really is going to make someone’s day.  It’s going to really make a wonderful Christmas for a family and make their day brighter,” she said.


Roger Staffaroni

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