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Anonymous – The Legacy of Santa Claus

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Reno, Nevada an unidentified man has started a non-profit organization under the name “Santa Claus” which gives back to the community around the holiday season. The idea is children of needy families write Santa Claus their holiday wish list.  A few weeks later Santa Claus comes to their school to deliver a wrapped present to be opened on Christmas Day along with a bag of groceries which includes a turkey, gravy, stuffing, rolls, milk, and vegetables.

This last year, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District partnered up with the organization to help deliver the presents to the Sun Valley Elementary School. Even in the current economic state, Santa Claus was able to provide meals for 729 local families; allowing 5,100 individual had full bellies because of the communities generosity. The amount of dedication by volunteers to make this all possible was incredible.  Together, they took Santa Claus’s leadership and continued his legacy by making it bigger and better every year.  The volunteers work long hours to ensure each family has a full meal and a wrapped present from Santa Claus no matter the time it takes to prepare the gifts.

What I admire most about Santa Class was his leadership.  At no point did he release his name to the public and when he passed away others continued his legacy.  The leaders behind Santa Claus are concerned about ensuring needy children have a special holiday season.  They do not care about the media, the public, or the attention they would receive if they came clean on who was “Santa Claus”.  Instead, the individuals behind Santa Claus want to make sure all the attention goes to the children. The organization asks the community to help participate, which allows the anonymous to accomplish so much. Although they will forever remain anonymous, each person who contributes is creating a valuable memory for those impacts.    It is a true leadership and a display of unselfishness.  Please share your comments below.

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Author: Brooklyn Joiner

I am an Selection Specialist with Dennis A. Joiner and Associates focusing on Supervisory and Management Skills Assessment for Selection, Promotion and Career Development I hold a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. I am always looking for more opportunities to further my education, because I truly believe education is the foundation to ones' success. My intent is to inspire people to challenge the norm. To raise the bar in their fields. To be the best they can be, not just today, but everyday. To become leaders. Specialties: Leadership, Management, Assessment Centers and Situational Judgment Tests. Occupational specialties include all promotional ranks of law enforcement, fire and emergency services.

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