Giving far beyond generosity

It’s almost everyday that I meet someone remarkable. I often wake up wondering just who it will be this day and what their story will be. 

Today, it’s a fellow from New England who has a beard as white as Santa’s. 

Actually, he introduced himself to me as the Santa for the New England Patriots. 

“You know them?” he winked as he asked. 

Indeed, I do. But for now, let me tell you about the generosity of this man’s heart and maybe it will encourage you today. 

His stature wasn’t what made him standout. A short man with suspenders, he could have been easily overlooked but for an encountered that started with his reaction to a song that I played at Graceland. 

As we talked between songs, rain drops started falling from my eyes. He explained that he goes all over New England in his quest to bring joy. But it’s what he does with the money he earns in spreading this joy that is unique. 

You see, he’s in such demand that he makes about $14,000 each year in fees for his work as Santa. He has other gigs, but his heart is in this engagement. 

Each year he donates every penny of his performance fee to charity. That’s $14,000 a year. 

He tells me that he’s partial to the issues of poverty in New Hampshire and Vermont. By the time we had finished our conversation and took a picture, I had found another hero to tell you about. 

I’m guessing he receives pay far beyond the fee that he donates in the form of a job well done at the end of the day. 

His work goes far beyond generosity. For that, this Santa is my hero.

Copyright 2017, Cecil Yancy

 

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