Pittsburg Salvation Army is visited by a Secret Santa

Some shoppers at the Salvation Army in Pittsburg were surprised when a Secret Santa stepped in and paid for their items.

Some shoppers who grabbed a cart and took to the aisles of the Pittsburg Salvation Army wound up at the check stand, with a bit of a surprise. Assistant Manager James January “Just the joy that it brought to the atmosphere of the store, it certainly made me start working harder, and putting my big happy face on for everybody and seeing the joy on everybody’s face.”

Assistant Manager James January is talking about a Secret Santa, who for the last six years has been showing up for a couple of hours in the afternoon and paying for what people bring to the counter. “Kris Kringle” says “I’ve gotten hugs and I’ve seen people cry and it’s just you know, not crying over $100 or $200, crying over $8 and $10.”

The real Kris Kringle here wanted us to keep his identity hidden, that’s kinda the point of a “secret” Santa, but he says for him, the point, is kindness. Kringle says “Kindness and charity and giving starts with the $5 to buy somebody’s coffee somewhere, that turns into a line of people at Starbucks passing it forward through the line, it’s about finding those little ways to impact the trajectory for somebody.”

For Santa, he doesn’t put on a flashy suit, so nobody knows what’s going on and that’s his favorite part. Kringle says “Kindness and charity and giving starts with the $5 to buy somebody’s coffee somewhere, that turns into a line of people at Starbucks passing it forward through the line, it’s about finding those little ways to impact the trajectory for somebody.”

For Jeremy, his favorite part, is seeing it happen. James says “It just shows the love that people have in the community for everybody and willing to do what it takes to bring joy to individuals to families and to each other.”

Santa says he’s lost track of exactly how many people he’s helped over the years, but he hopes, his story encourages others to join him.

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