This weekend, children visiting the Fort Collins Goodwill in Denver, Colorado, received a surprise visit from a civil Santa who, like the real Santa, visits every year.
According to the Coloradoan, one sweet man has been writing a yearly check large enough to cover the cost of every toy in the store, so any child who walks in can have the toy of their choice for free.
"All kids today, all day long, you get one free toy, free stuffed animal or free kids book," Goodwill's Senior Director of Retail Todd Wakefield announced on the intercom.
It's a Christmas Tradition in Fort Collins.
The generous man, who's asked to remain anonymous, told the Coloradoan that he doesn't need recognition for his act of kindness, adding that this day has become an important part of his family's Christmas tradition. However, this year was particularly special, as the man asked other local businesses — including Aspen Speech Therapy and Cosner Financial Group — to add to the donation.
In an effort to ensure that each and every kid left with a smile, staff members set aside extra toys in the days leading up to the annual surprise giveaway. On that day, as the kids scrambled through the store picking out their toy of choice, the charitable donor and his wife watched before sneaking out of the store unnoticed.
"We've got some amazing people throughout our community," Wakefield told the Coloradoan. "This is what our business is run on, people willing to give and to help their community."
How to Donate
If your kids are growing out of their clothes or have a few toys they're too old for, consider donating these items to your local Goodwill store. Donating is easy, and who knows, your hand-me-down teddy bear might just make one little girl's or boy's day. While Goodwill accepts most household and clothing items, there are a few things that shouldn't be donated, such as items that have been recalled or items that do not meet current safety standards. Check the the Goodwill website to find your local store.