By EVAN HAMLIN
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Hyde Park resident Dorri Ellis dropped off about 50 handcrafted wooden cars at the Hyde Park Herald office to contribute to the Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive, sponsored by Marian Realty in Hyde Park. The toys were made by Harry Wiesenfelder, a Hyde Park native whose father owned Cornell Florist.
Wiesenfelder, who went to Hyde Park High School, moved to Arizona following his retirement. Ellis estimated that he produced between two and four thousand of the wooden cars every year. He would donate them to the Salvation Army in Tucson, but his supply far exceeded their demand.
“He was always making something,” Ellis said. “He wanted something constructive to do.”
Ellis and Wiesenfelder had been friends since they were kids, and he had sent her the cars about a year ago. Each car is made of pine, and can be painted or decorated.
New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Herald in the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., Suite 920, from now through Thursday, Nov. 30. Those who donate will be eligible to enter a drawing for four free tickets to “Holidays a capella.”