Acts of Kindness: Rex Doty

LAS VEGAS - It isn't the North Pole, but Rex Doty's workshop resembles Santa's. Doty, along with five helpers, started making toy wooden cars eight years ago inside a garage.

"Our initial goal, five of us, was five hundred a year," he said.

Now Toys 4 Smiles is located in a central Las Vegas warehouse. The organization recently reached a huge milestone.

"We just went over 189,000 toys given away," Doty said.

Toys 4 Smiles brings cheer to thousands of children in southern Nevada. "We give it to any child that needs a smile," Doty said.

His helpers show up every day at the workshop, where they shape, sand and sort the wooden toys.

"Most of these processes are very easy; no training is necessary," Doty said. "Once you put the wheels and axles on it, it becomes a toy."

No toy is exactly the same. Thanks to Doty and his team's determination, disadvantaged boys and girls get a little happiness.

"What Rex does, you must be a professional beggar, beg for free help, free materials and a roof over your head. (There are) not many people who can do that and do it effectively. He's been doing it for eight years," Doty's colleague Cecil Fredi said.

8 News NOW is rewarding Rex Doty's efforts, awarding him $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness. If you wish to nominate someone for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.


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