Entire town rallies for "Blue Santa" charity program

By Stephen Hooker - email

SALUDA, SC (WIS) - A program in Saluda called "Blue Santa" is getting Christmas gifts to the needy. The generosity of an entire community is going a long way.

Saluda police chief Michael Clancey and his officers do more than prevent crime. "In police work, it's really nice to be able to turn the tables and give something back to the community," said Clancey.

Clancey calls it "Blue Santa," as in blue flashing police lights. Townspeople and shops donate gifts for kids and turkeys for seniors.

Clancey and his officers get the fun of delivering the stuff. Even the mayor joins the fun.

Eight-year-old Rosario was nearly speechless over her gifts. Tillie Smalls, 92, got a turkey and lots of other goodies to go with it through the holidays.

To make this giving happen, most everyone stepped up. Some gave gifts, while others suggested recipients.

Gina Reid gave 25 turkeys through her cafe, Mig's. "It's nice, it's a very warm feeling," said Gina Reid.

Showing that Saluda is a little South Carolina town with a really big heart.

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