St. James woodworkers to donate handcrafted gifts to Brunswick County Toys for Tots

ST. JAMES, NC (WWAY) — A special group of Santa’s elves have been working hard for the  past several weeks working on a unique project for children in the Cape Fear.

Gary Mlynek is the “lead elf” with the St. James Woodworkers which started in 2019 and has grown to more than 60 members. This year’s elves include — Bruce Williams, Joe Steele, Joe Raiti, Angela McGreevy, Joe Zukowski, Terry Cooke, Dan Griffith, Mike Guthrie, and Dick Meyer.

Last year, the group created more than 100 toys for the Brunswick County Toys for Tots program.

Each toy is finished with approved child-safe finishes and paints.

“This year, we are doing over 200 toys,” Mlynek said. “We’ve got cars, trucks, puzzles, color matching games, lots of different things.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the group will present all the toys to the Brunswick County Toys for Tots for distribution at 2820 Harborside Way, St. James. Each toy will be paired with appropriately-aged kids.

If you want to learn more about the program email Gary Mlynek at


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