From preacher to toy maker
Christmas was always tight for the Raines family, which included nine kids. Ernest Raines started making toys for his children's gifts. Decades later, his toys bring smiles to children young and old.
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Bailey McBride Chellie Ison | Christian Chronicle
ROSHARON, Texas — For Ernest Raines and his wife — the parents of nine children — Christmas was a tough time financially. 

Raines, a member of the First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land, Texas, near Houston, tells The Christian Chronicle he started building toys so his children would have gifts on Christmas morning. 

Now, decades later, the former preacher still makes toys. 

"After my wife died, it was my life," Raines said.

Check out his toys and hear the rest of his story in this video:

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