Wed Dec 01 12:45:34 PST 2010
The Real Santa Claus
If you are a faithful watcher of WVLT you have seen Santa Claus, Colleen Adair of WIVK and myself handing out teddy bears at Children's Hospital during the Christmas season.
If you are a faithful watcher of WVLT you have seen Santa Claus, Colleen Adair of WIVK and myself handing out teddy bears at Children's Hospital during the Christmas season. We did it today(December 1st, 2010). For years I have wanted to do a story on Santa and reveal his true identity but he asked me not to until today. This Santa started the "Teddy Bear Roundup" roaming the halls of Children's Hospital passing out dozens upon dozens of bears back in 2000. It started with about 30 bears and now has grown to over 600 with the help of Kays and Marks and Morgan Jewelers. We all have shared smiles and tears with the children through the years, but sadly this Santa is having to give up his ministry. A lack of finances has gotten in the way. He simply can't afford to do it any longer. We are all saddened. Just like out of the movie, "Miracle on 34th Street", if there really is a Santa Claus, Doug Mullins is he. He wears the red suit proudly and it fits like a glove. His beard is real, his personality is even more so. During this holiday season we are drawn close to our family, friends and our faith, but also to the friendship and giving nature of Doug Mullins.