Santa Claus dropped off toys Dec. 9 at Cook Children’s Medical Center, 801 7th Ave. — something he has done for about seven years.
This Santa, also known as Kelly Biggs, a deputy for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, holds Cook Children’s Medical Center close to his heart. Every year, he and the sheriff’s office donate nearly 4,000 toys to sick children.
“My daughter is on the walk of honor. She was a lifetime donor. When she passed away, she was 5. So, at that point, Cook Children’s became personal to me,” Biggs said. “I love to see the people that aren’t able to at least get something that they wouldn’t have.”
The sheriff’s office donates toys, school supplies and other necessities to Cook Children’s Medical Center five or six times per year, Biggs said.
“Every little bit to put a smile on them goes a long way,” Biggs said. “We’d start making outreaches into the community and to Cook Children’s Medical Center because of my family history and everything else. And this is special to me.”
According to Biggs, being Santa Claus comes naturally to him.
“I’ve always been Santa around my household. But this year, my grandkids even came up and they handed me a little list. And I’m like, ‘What is this?’” Biggs said. “And they said, ‘Well, it’s your naughty and nice list, Santa.’”
Along with giving through Cook Children’s Medical Center, Biggs and the sheriff’s office donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth.
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