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HOMELESS MAN CARVES TOYS FOR A BOY AND GIRL

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Two police officers were on patrol when a man who looked like a haggard Santa Claus flagged them down from the side of the road, saying he had something to give them.

The white-bearded man, dressed in worn overalls and a thinning jacket, led officers Michael Leonard and Ed McDaniel to his makeshift dwelling - a clapboard hideaway tucked beneath the stairwell of a warehouse - and handed them two magnificently handcarved wooden toys."I want you to give these to a boy and a girl who would otherwise not have a good Christmas," Wayne Miller, 53, told the officers.

"We were moved to tears," Leonard said Friday as he recalled the recent encounter near the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Miller revealed little about his personal life to the officers except that he has been living on the streets by his own choosing for 12 years. One of the toys, which he began carving last July, was an auto that could double as a jewelry box because of its compartments. The other was a tractor-trailor loaded with logs.