Every morning around 5:30 you can find Mel Hartman in the same place-in his workshop making toys. Mel is the founder of T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care) Toys. For the past decade he's been making toys to give to needy families during the holidays.

We're not talking about a handful of wooden airplanes, trucks, trains, and dolls. Since 1990, Mel and his circle of "elves" have created over 250,000 toys valued at more than $5,300,000!!! Please take a moment to review the figures below! Each toy means one more child has a priceless gift of love.

"Christmas morning, I'm nine feet tall because I know of the joys the kids are experiencing," says Mel.

T.L.C. Toys is supported by nearly 100 local organizations. Sewing circles make doll clothes. Lumber companies provide wood. T.L.C. even works with people sentenced to community service, and inmates in St. Cloud, Faribault and Shakopee to finish some of the toys. Mel says the sky's the limit for T.L.C. Toys.

"Give more than you think you can, and you'll have more to give than you can."

TOYS DISTRIBUTED

Year:

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

Totals:
Count:

1,554
3,445
3,102
4,080
4,309
6,397
8,031
8,089
6,561
7,881
9,509
10,774
9,809
10,366
14,440
21,543
16,174
19,961
20,650
21,636
22,387
29,474
22,682
30,273

313,127
Value:

$23,564.00
$56,204.00
$48,574.00
$58,153.00
$70,284.00
$93,696.00
$137,063.00
$143,178.00
$132,022.00
$153,280.00
$203,211.00
$231,167.00
$217,887.00
$225,153.00
$311,933.00
$425,113.00
$311,148.00
$383,693.00
$404,930.00
$439,894.00
$378,808.00
$486,953.00
$386,753.00
$463,442.00

$5,786,103.00