HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Harlan County Santa Claus arrived in town on Saturday, making his first round of deliveries.
Continuing a tradition of more than 40 years, “Mountain Santa Jr.” Jordan Howard has donned his father’s mantle for four years now.
Howard said that in the spirit of helping others, it’s a responsibility he is proud to take.
“I must give credit to the Lord because he is the one doing it,” he said. “It’s an incredible feeling to be able to play such a role, to look after the children of Harlan County. It is a blessing.
An event with volunteers from all over, including Matt Miller, who has been helping Santa Claus on the Mountain for almost 15 years.
“We love to do this and we will continue to do so. Jordan did a terrific job, and April, the two together, coordinated it, ”Miller said. “So they did a great job. “
Howard said the process is made possible year after year with the support of the community.
“It’s amazing to have a community that comes together,” he said. “To keep doing that, it’s amazing, really. “
Miller said everyone is working to bring a good Christmas to Harlan County.
He adds that it means no matter what the weather is like.
“Some years it snows, others it is cold and others it rains. Today you take it and go, ”Miller said. “Right now the rain has stopped and I hope the rain stays away. We can go get these gifts, it’s always nice to see the children running out.
Mountain Santa Jr. has said they want to find ways to improve the event.
He said they’ve widened the route this year to spread the spirit of the season further.
“Wanting to try and go to new places we’ve never been to before,” Howard said. “Like today, we’re going to go to Rosspoint, and we’ve never been there. So, I hope it’s a good turnout.
Howard said they have two more delivery days to come, one on the 21st and one on Christmas Eve.
He adds that around 3,000 gifts will have been delivered by the end.
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