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96-Year-Old Toy Maker Retires After 30 Years Of Helping Children In Need

Over the last 30 years, 96-year-old Al Quattrocchi has undertaken a very special Christmas tradition.

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As CBS News reported, the retired painter uses scrap wood to craft hand-made toys in his garage for children who would otherwise go without them.

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96-Year-Old Toy Maker Retires After 30 Years Of Helping Children In Need

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When times are tough, there can be potentially life-saving comfort in knowing that somebody is looking out for you.

Whether they've provided a seemingly miraculous solution to our problems or just a sympathetic ear, they let us know that we're not facing our problems alone. And while we should all have someone like that in our lives, some extraordinary people can manage to make that important difference to multiple people at once.

And as we can see in the heartwarming story of one man's commendable efforts, you don't even necessarily need to meet these people to make a difference in their lives.

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That unfortunate scenario is actually one that Quattrocchi experienced often as a child.

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As he grew up during the Great Depression, it wasn't unusual for him to go through Christmas empty-handed.

And his knowledge that many children today face similar circumstances did a lot to inspire his kind project.

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After he creates his toys, they're then distributed to children in need throughout Northern Oregon by members of various charities, including Ronald McDonald House.

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As he told CBS News, there are about 18 different variations of toys Quattrocchi makes, which include fire trucks, trains, airplanes, and grasshoppers on wheels with legs that go up and down.

The time it takes to create each one varies, but those grasshoppers take the longest due to all the moving parts.

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Over the last 30 years, Quattrocchi has created about 20,000 toys.

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This year, however, will see the last batch of them. All good things must come to an end sometime, after all.

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However, that doesn't mean that Quattrocchi slowed down production for this tradition's swan song.

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This year alone saw him make about 500 toys for the children he described as "little angels."

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