EAGAN, Minn. - A group of seniors are building memories by building toys. Their labor of love started with one man addicted to a workshop in their Eagan senior community.
At 71, Alan Seifert is finally fulfilling his dream.
For decades, he wanted to build wooden toy cars for children in need. It is his way of bringing joy to the world.
"You see these kids on TV all the time that have nothing or in the hospital, If we can give them one little toy, and put a smile on their face it will make their day a whole lot better,” he said. "When I am dead and gone kids will still be playing with these cars."
But he needed help getting the job done. And his friends at Affinity at Eagan were ready for the challenge.
So far, they’ve created about 100 toy cars. Seifert cuts them in the woodshed and the seniors, ranging in age from 60-90, help paint and assemble the parts.
They will donate them to Toys for Tots and a local children’s hospital.
About six years ago, Seifert suffered a stroke. At that point, he thought he would never be able to fulfill his dream of helping others.
“I am so happy. Right now, if I walk outside I would probably melt the snow my heart is so happy,” he said.