90-Year-Old Elf In Fremont

We don't have to go all the way to the North Pole to find an elf hard at work making toys. There is one right here in Nebraska. A 90-year-old Fremont man makes toys year round to give away at the Salvation Army.

Sidney Johnson has made hundreds of wooden toys over the past three years that have been given out to underprivileged kids by the Salvation Army in Fremont.

Last year alone he made more than 300 toys to be given away at the "Joy Shop," the annual event where the Salvation Army allows low income parents to pick out gifts for their children.

Johnson starts every toy project with a little sand paper. Then some paint goes on before gluing everything together. He makes anything from tractors to planes to race cars.

Building toys helps him make the most of his days at the assisted living center where he lives.

"It helps killing time," Johnson says.

But he knows that these toys will go to a needy child. "I've seen so many kids go through Christmas without toys," he said. "So I hope that they get these."

Captain Tim Gardner and his wife are the corps officers for the Salvation Army in Fremont. "Every time I go down and see him putting these toys together, it puts a shiver down my spine," says Gardner, "simply because I know that he is doing this selflessly."

Randy Johnson is Sidney's son. "When he was at home we limited him to one a day. Otherwise he would stay up to the late hours of the night until he got each toy done."

Sidney says, "I feel bad that any kid that has to go without toys at Christmas. I've got some for them."


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