NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– Eugene Fellner doesn’t own a cell phone and he doesn’t have internet service. However, the 67-year-old retiree has a hobby that keeps him very busy and quite happy.

For the past seven years, Fellner has decorated the cherry tree outside his home in Brooklyn with stuffed animals and cartoon characters. It all began when he found a life-size tiger stuffed animal on the street and put it on the tree. People began coming by with bags of unwanted stuffed creatures.  

“It adds up to almost 12,000,” he told 1010 WINS Carol D’Auria.

And he’s thoroughly enjoying himself.

“I’m young at heart. The kid that never really grew up yet,” he said.

The creative display attracts children and parents who want to take pictures. Fellner said his neighbors on either side of his house are less than pleased.

He says as long as folks drop off their unwanted stuffed animals, he’ll keep putting them in the tree.