There are some jobs, like doctors and teachers, where a person is not permitted to offer financial assistance no matter how much it is needed, however an opportunity to help recently revealed.
After receiving abundant assistance for the children of Puerto Rico from the Yadkin Valley, Elkin native Andy Martin noticed a need closer to home.
“On a dark and cold wintry night, I sat by the fire with pen and paper and wrote a note to Santa and told him I was worried about some of the people in my town who may not receive the gift of love this year,” said Martin.
“I didn’t expect to hear back from him because I knew he was busy directing the elves who were rushing around making gifts to be delivered on the most magical night of the year,” said Martin, “and then what to my wondering eyes should appear but a letter from the big man himself in reply to my concerns.”
“I’ve done a practice run over Elkin and the Christmas spiritometer put my sleigh in overdrive,” stated a letter from Santa Claus, which was revealed to The Tribune. “The people of Elkin and Jonesville are very excited about the special night and my elves are working overtime to fulfill the giving spirit that resides there.”
Unfortunately the need for some is greater than Claus may be able to deliver.
“I can use you and as many other earthly elves as you can rally to help me this year, otherwise I won’t be able to get all of the gifts delivered on time,” said Claus.
Secret Santas are asked to provide gift cards in the amount of $25 in a small gift bag as well as an address for the recipient.
“If you can all bring your gift cards to the beautiful new Reeves Theater by 7 [a.m.] Christmas morning addressed to someone in need of a little Christmas cheer, you would really be helping me out,” requested the chief giver.
These addresses will be exchanged with other Secret Santas who will then deliver them for one another permitting the identities of the givers to remain anonymous.
In an effort to ensure no one in the office remains on the naughty list this year, The Tribune also will accept Secret Santa drop-offs to be delivered to the Secret Santa patrol by a reporter reputedly in close contact with Claus.
“Don’t tell anyone,” said Claus, “but the giving nature of the people in Jonesville and Elkin are one of the reasons I enjoy visiting here as often as possible. Why it almost feels like home.”
In lieu of letters to the North Pole, questions about the Secret Santa should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rumored to have been raised at the North Pole, Beanie Taylor has a direct line to Santa Claus not only at Christmas, but all throughout the year.