Belfast Telegraph

Real-life Santa reminds us of true meaning of Christmas

Editor's Viewpoint

Santa Claus is real and his name is Gareth McGlinchey. What started out as a decision to give away his two games consoles has led to him spreading goodwill throughout his native city of Derry.

He touched a nerve in the city, uncovering a desperate level of need, but also creating a tsunami of generosity as individuals and businesses began donating gifts to him for distribution to those for whom Christmas would otherwise hold little cheer. Seldom has the true spirit of this festive season been so vividly shown. Gareth will bring joy to many this year, but his greatest gift was to alert us all to the plight of others.

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