Tampa General Hospital employees make spirits bright for kids in foster care

- Christmas is a time of family gatherings and gifts.

For Delwyn Collins, Christmas is something he plans the entire year so foster kids have presents under the tree. 

The 60-year-old says Christmas never gets old.

"I look back and it was happiness," said Delwyn. "It still is happiness."

For 29 years, he has been playing Santa Claus to thousand's of children in the foster care system.

"Everybody told me they don't know how I can do it. I said, 'that's a good question,'" he said.

Every Christmas, Dewlyn organizes for the Tampa General Hospital staff to sponsor toys for more that 500 kids in foster care.  

The children put their wish list on angels hanging on the hospital's Christmas tree. Delwyn and the staff then go about making their wishes come true.

"They take time out of their busy schedule with their family and help make these kids Christmas. That's what it is all about," he said.

Delwyn works as a dishwasher at TGH and worked overtime to help pay for gifts that he bought for the foster kids.  

"It's not about me. It's about the kids," explained Delwyn. "I spend more time giving to them then I give to myself."

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