Minnesota man donates collection of 30,000 cars to church

A church in Minnesota has found itself the unlikely proprietor of a collection of some 30,000 cars. Some of them are fullsize, some so tiny they could fit on the tip of your finger – or the head of a pin, if only the angels would stop dancing and make room. And they were all amassed by one man.

That man was Dennis Erickson of Lakeville, MN. He was a churchgoer, and served as an usher at Celebration Church – but he was a single child, an orphan, and did not have any children. So when the trained civil engineer passed away recently at the age of 69, he left his assets to his Pentecostal congregation. Much to their surprise, that included what could be counted among the largest collection of toy cars in the world.

All told, Erickson had collected more than one car for every day of his life. Not only that, but he had countless brochures – all carefully cataloged – and a few full-size classics as well. There's a Ford Model T, a '59 Edsel, and a '66 Rambler in the garage. He had a '77 Bonneville, too, but that he left to his friend Glenn Lindell, with whom he took a road trip in the Pontiac years ago. From the sale of the toys alone, the church expects to raise thousands, which it plans to use to remodel its youth facilities.

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