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Jordan Howard of Harlan County Kentucky is stepping into some big shoes this year. His father, Mike Howard, had been “Mountain Santa” for 42 years, delivering toys to children in the area who would otherwise not have a Christmas.
Mike died early in 2018 after losing his battle with cancer and then, eight months later, Jordan’s mom, Barbara, also died. So Jordan has taken up the mantel of Mountain Santa in honor of both of them and has been hard at work in his workshop on Santa Lane preparing for Christmas since October.
Jordan told WYMT that he and his elves had wrapped about 1,000 presents by mid-November and that he anticipates by the time Christmas is over the number will reach 3,500 gifts for needy kids.
“Dad told me before he passed, he said you gotta have the Lord in it. So that’s what I’m doing,” Jordan said. He is overwhelmed by how the community has helped him continue the tradition his father began.
Jordan, with the help of his crew of community elves will make his first run as Santa on December 14.
Giving of self to make a child happy is Something Good and it is likely that Jordan is learning first hand that the more one gives to others, the more one is blessed.
Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!