The biggest night of the year for Santa Claus was kicked off in Spokane, Washington by having the man himself perform a very meaningful gesture.
The people who had to spend their Christmas away from their families, at work at various fast food restaurants were very surprised when they received a surprise visit from Santa, along with some nice gifts. Santa, Mrs. Claus as well as a few volunteers from Big Table got together for the holiday and passed around $20 bills along with candy cames to the fast food employees that had to spend their holiday working in the industry.
After visiting the Arby's in Spokane, Santa said that it was important to appreciate and not ignore the people that work in the fast food industry since they are often overlooked. He said that those people matter too, and more people need to be aware of this, instead of mistreating the people who are handling the food. This Santa isn't someone who gets to see a lot of children open their gifts on Christmas Day. That's why, for the past five years, he's been seeing the big smiles of the employees in the fast food industry that are working with Big Table, which is a non-profit organization in Spokane, that helps the people who work in the service industry.
The organization plans an annual Holiday Blitz where they get Santa, Mrs. Claus along with a few volunteers to visit these fast food locations and surprise the workers who are working during the holiday and don't have the opportunity to spend much time with their families. The organization notes that it's important to bring a bit of joy to the people who don't have that opportunity, instead of just hoarding the happiness for themselves.
Over the course of two days, while the Holiday Blitz lasts, Santa and the rest of the volunteers are going to visit 38 restaurants around Spokane and treat 410 fast food workers with candy canes and $20 bills. In total, that's over $8,000, and the majority of this money is raised by donations from the community. Santa also added that he can see how much this action means to the employees, especially on a holiday like Christmas.