Monday, December 25, 2006
Every Christmas Eve
Every Christmas Eve in Greenfield Park, there is a group of people who have Santa go around the park and hand out free toys to the kids. The fellow in the black jacket is Johnny, my mom's janitor, who organizes the whole thing. He holds garage sales to raise the money to buy all the toys, which he and his family wrap themselves (I think it was over 1,000 this year). It is an incredible act of generosity.
They go all around the park, stopping at the churches, or wherever a group of kids are gathered waiting for him. You can hear the tune " Here Comes Santa Claus" heralding the arrival of Santa.
What a wonderful tradition and example of how it is better to give than receive. Imagine all those kids seeing Santa on his sleigh and getting a toy from him. Must feel great.
I know my kids love it. Not sure how long Johnny and his gang have been doing this, but it is something we look forward to each Christmas Eve
All the best...off to eat some more mince tarts!
Thanks Sherri T.
I would be fun to be a kid again back home..