A teenager in western Michigan is on a mission to spread Christmas cheer to those who are less fortunate this holiday season.
Seventeen-year-old Kenneth Isaacson, also known as Kid Santa, spent the month of December saving money so he could buy presents to deliver to needy families and children in hospitals and shelters on Christmas morning.
“Don’t attract me with the milk and cookies,” he told WWMT. “Everybody knows I need coffee and bacon.”
Isaacson works two part-time jobs and used that money for the gifts. Overall, he spent about $400 on gifts for 40 children. His generosity comes from a very personal place.
“This Christmas, being a foster kid, I had no one to spend the holidays with,” he said while dropping off gifts at the Jackson Interfaith Shelter, one of the stops on his delivery route. “I want them to not think about housing projects or shelters or soup kitchens or ERs or surgeries.”
It’s a kindness that won’t soon be forgotten by those touched by his generosity.
“It’s extremely nice because you know a smile goes a long way,” shelter resident Brian Stanley told WWMT. “One guy comes in with a smile and then everybody starts smiling.”