The term “Snowbird” usually conjures images of the retired sitting in a beachfront condo, escaping from one form of post-work relaxation to another. But for Darrell Rose of Orem Utah, his return trip from warmer climates back north means he is returning to a lot more than home sweet home.
From April through October — Rose, 81, works from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on toy wooden cars which he donates them to a humanitarian group in American Fork, UT called The Launfal Foundation. Before the snowbird left for his southern home this year, he handed in 4,000 toy wooden cars, making him a hero to many children.
“It’s absolutely marvelous,” said RoseAnn Gunther, who heads up the foundation. “Four thousand children will be so thrilled to find them in their Christmas stockings.
“I lost half my garage with this project,” Rose quipped.
Rose has his own assembly line. He makes all wheels one day, cuts out cars the next, routes them another.
“I try to make them in sections so I don’t have to stop,” he explained.
“The only stuff I buy are saw blades, glue and paint,” he said.
But, far from spending his post-October snow-birding time on R&R, Rose continues this project, but gives the cars to Toys For God’s Kids. He outfitted himself with a second set of tools to use for the toy cars near his Arizona “vacation” trailer home.
Rose said his philosophy of life is “you just gotta keep busy. There is plenty to do if you want to do it. “When you do for someone else, it’s more fun.”
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