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Santa-bel volunteers share in the joy of giving

By Staff | Dec 31, 2014
Santa Run helper Beth Dieter and event organizer Dick Muench diagram gift deliveries at the Sanibel firehouse on Palm Ridge. CRAIG GARRETT
Warren Seaward (left) helps Santa helper Billy Kirkland dress for the Dec. 23 run. CRAIG GARRETT
George Campean slipping on his boots in the moments before boarding his sleigh for the Santa Run. CRAIG GARRETT
Allan Marcus shared good-natured ribbing with other Kiwanians/Santas as delivery time drew near. CRAIG GARRETT
Santa helpers included Billy Kirkland (left), George Campean, elf/helper Joel Goodman, Ken Burgener and Allan Marcus. CRAIG GARRETT

Santa got plenty of help this year from his friends and helpers in Sanibel and Captiva during the Santa Run on Dec. 23. San-Cap Kiwanis Club members delivered gifts and good cheer to island kids, families, seniors, anyone on the receiving end of a holiday gift and a happy greeting from Santa Claus himself. The Santa Run is part of a holiday campaign by island nonprofits, the Friends Who Care group, social clubs and volunteers spreading the true meaning of the holidays. Six Santa helpers in full St. Nick gear delivered gifts collected at the Palm Ridge firestation. There were gifts for some 120 islanders, all donated new. Friends Who Care volunteers handled wrapped duties.