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Christmas In August; Local Toy Builders Making Toys For Kids

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HUGO, OK- Christmas is 123 days away and some of Santa's helpers in one Texoma town are hard at work in their workshop. The Toy Makers of Hugo are working every Saturday between now and Christmas building all sorts of toys for kids in their town as well as across the United States.

They're building these toys in a workshop in the 200 Block of East Kirk Street in Hugo. Volunteers make the toys by hand and paint them all different colors. All to make sure that kids have something to smile about.

At the Heritage United Methodist Church of Hugo some of Santa's hardest workers are gearing up for a busy holiday season.

"Because of the kind of a Santa workshop feeling Christmas does tend to be some of our busiest times we have," said Pastor Francis Bartley.

Busy building toys for children in need. For Pastor Francis Bartley the idea came after his niece was in a children's hospital.

"It can be such a lonely place and around a holiday just know that there are people out there who care for you," said Bartley.

The Toy Makers of Hugo are made up volunteers and each year they deliver up to 2,500 toys.

A number that keeps volunteers consumed before the holiday season.

"We got a lot of guys that want cut out cars I'll go down and paint or put the wheels on," said volunteer John Beesley.

Hand painted with love, toys go to kids  who are in kindergarten in Hugo and even kids living as far as Illinois.

"Helping the children you know. Maybe we can make them happy," said Beesley.

The wood and paint for the toys are all donated and while the gift may seem small, to those giving, it's much bigger.

"To us the toys represent us telling the community of children that we are people who care for them and love them and their community loves them," said Bartley.

The volunteers meet every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. If you're interested in volunteering they say they can always use the extra hands.

http://www.toymakersofhugo.org/