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Feel Good Friday: Santa’s Southern Elves
Tiny Tim’s Toy Foundation in West Jordan, Utah builds toy cars with scrap wood from local businesses and gives them to children all over the world. They recently gave out their 1 millionth toy!
I loved this story for a few reasons. Firstly, the toys are made by volunteers, most of the volunteers are retirees. This warms my heart because it goes to show that there is always something new you can learn and do, no matter your age or life circumstances.
Secondly, Tiny Tim’s only makes one thing, toy cars. They could have tried to branch out and make multiple types of toys but they chose to do one thing, really well. I like this because we are often unsatisfied with simplicity, we expand our ideas and sometimes they become unattainable. Tiny Tim’s started with a simple idea and stuck to it and in turn they have made a difference in one million children’s lives!
Finally, I love that they are using recycled materials. We create a lot of waste, especially during the holiday season. Repurposed materials can create a lot of joy and save you money. If Tiny Tim’s used new wood they would not have been able to make and distribute so many toys. When you can; be sure to reduce, reuse, recycle!
Read the whole story on the Washington Post website.
The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because, we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing has been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.
Kathryn is a former mindyourmind staff and continues to work in the youth & community development sectors. In her spare time, she is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
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