Santa's Elves build fleet of toysUPDATED 1:39 AM HST Aug 13, 2013Video Transcript
"SAWING NATS." About a mile north of the fairgrounds, Santa's elves are already working hard - They're preparing for Christmas. And as Eric Hanson explains the kids they're building for are a world away. GIVE A RETIREE A MINUTE AND YOU'LL GET A STORY. BUT SOMETIMES-- Yes, I was excited to come to America. THE STORY COMES FROM THE AFRICAN PUSHING THE WHEELCHAIR. We went through a 14 year civil war there. THREE YEARS AFTER IMMIGRATING FROM LIBERIA, OLIVIA RAILEY WAS SHARING HER PAST-- Even though I'm here, but I'm always thinking about people in Liberia. WHEN SOMEONE AT VALLEY VIEW VILLAGE ASKED, 'WHO WANTS TO HELP THE KIDS IN OLIVIA'S AFRICAN VILLAGE?' And up goes the hands. OK. Laugh. Saw switch. Saw. 91 YEAR OLD REX FIRED UP HIS SAW-- I tell everybody it keeps me out of the bars this way. Smile. AND RECRUITED AN ASSEMBLY LINE-- It's not like a General Motors operation... OF GUYS WHO HAVE ZERO EXPERIENCE BUILDING CARS-- No, I made false teeth. Big Laugh. BUT STILL PUMPED 'EM OUT AS FAST AS HENRY FORD. BETWEEN THE CARPENTERS, THE PAINTERS AND THE COFFEE-- We visited a lot when we were working. Laugh. THE MEN OF VALLEY VIEW VILLAGE BUILT A FLEET OF CARS FOR A VILLAGE OF LIBERIAN BOYS. Well then, one of the guys' wives said, 'What about the girls?' WHICH IS WHEN THE GALS THREADED THEIR BOBBINS-- Sewing machine. AND MATCHED THE GUYS. A PURSE FOR EVERY CAR. Very simple sewing. Anyone can do it. I don't even know how to say... THEN OLIVIA FOUND OUT ABOUT THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, TOILETRIES AND GAMES THAT'LL ALL BE IN LIBERIA BY CHRISTMAS. Oh, God. They are really going to be excited! I think there'll be a lot of happy kids. And there's nothing better than being around happy kids. 5-THOUSAND MILES AND 3 GENERATIONS AWAY-- You feel that you've done something that's worthwhile. DOZENS OF GREAT GRANDPARENT S ARE ALREADY PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR. You don't go to retirement center just to die, to wait to die. And this has given us a purpose. AND THEIR NURSE IS THANKFUL SHE LANDED IN IOWA. People really care for people here. Yeah. ERIC HANSON, KCCI 8 NEWS, IOWA'S NEWS LEADER. Next week, the more than 1- thousand gifts will start their journey from Des Moines to Africa's west coast. They should arrive with plenty of time to spare for Christmas.