Santa donates entire paycheck to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

Santa donates entire paycheck to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

From special appearances, to photo ops, one Spokane Santa known as “Santa Gowin” has logged more than 80 hours bringing holiday cheer to kids and adults.

“I get my beard pulled, you know, just to make sure it’s real. Kis love to check to see if it’s real or not,” Santa said.

The money he earned this December could have easily been spent on a down payment for a new sled — or Santa suit. But Santa is not keeping a penny for himself.

“It’s about giving, not receiving for me because that’s the way Saint Nick was,” Santa said. “He was a giver not a receiver.”

Santa made a special delivery Christmas Eve to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a 24-hour safe haven for infants and children whose parents are in crisis or unable to care for them. The facility exists solely on donations.

“Without people supporting us with their time, talent, and treasure over the year it just wouldn’t happen,” said Keith O’Brien, the nursery’s development director. “We wouldn’t be able to take care of the 6,000 kids that rely on us every single year.”

Santa’s donation of $2,400 will help keep doors open for families 24-hours a day. He also donated $500 to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane.

For more information about the Vanessa Bean Crisis Nursery, click here.

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