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     December 23, 2019      #24-357 KDJ

St. Anne man makes and gives away toys

By Laura McElroy

The holiday season is a time of giving, but for Joe Hayward the giving season is year-round. Hayward, 83, of St. Anne, hand makes wooden toy pick-up trucks, tank trucks and car roadsters.

He keeps the wooden toys with him at all times, handing them out to children he sees.

“God gives everyone a talent,” Hayward said. “God gave me the talent to use my hand. God wants me to share that talent with others and I’m doing just that.”

His love for woodworking began as an eighth-grader at Lincoln Junior High School in Pontiac. In woodshop class, he made a “what not” shelf, a hanging wall ...

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