Local Santa wishes to bring the spirit of Christmas all year round

Sand Hills Santa

Sand Hills Santa

Sand Hills Santa
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, you may have been reminded of Christmas in them all when you seen this Santa and his wife making appearances at local events throughout Washington County.

Rex Ray, also known as the Sand Hills Santa has been working in the local community for over five years now but his work as Santa started seven years ago.

“Seven years ago I was requested by my church, St. Joseph the Worker, to be the kneeling Santa,” said Ray. “That’s the image of Santa kneeling to the baby Jesus in recognition that He’s the reason for the season. That’s what got me started doing charitable events as Santa.”

Not long after doing charitable events he began to open himself up to be available for events and parties to help pay for his charitable endeavors.

“We try to get involved in the community’s events,” he said. “We’ve been the Santa for Northwest Florida Community Hospital for four years and we participate in Relay for Life. We’ve also done the Breakfast with Santa for the Chipley Kiwanis Club and for the Guardian Ad Litem in Washington County.”

He’s been the Santa for the Guardian Ad Litem in Washington County for two years and each year the Santa has been able to bring with them two truckloads of toys for the children, he said.

“I belong to a national organization known as Santa America, which is a group of professional Santas who volunteer their time to visit children and families in crisis,” said Ray. “Santa Claus visits these children twelve months out of the year to hopefully bring them hope, peace and joy while they’re at home, the hospital or even hospice.”



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