Goodwill program brings joy during the holidays

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A very special Santa Claus has been touching the hearts of children and seniors for years.

Nothing makes Michael Kleinz more cheerful then playing Santa Claus. He's been doing it for more than 20 years.

"It feels good to play Santa because I give people hope and cheer," the jolly old elf said.

Michael is part of the Goodwill's Life Skills Development program for adults with disabilities.  

Chris Ward of Goodwill says it is a good opportunity  to meet people.

"In addition to learning work skills people in the program have a chance to go out and volunteer in the community," Chris explained.

And for Michael, it's an opportunity to meet people at Addington Place At College Harbor, a senior community in St. Pete.

"I like to make them happy and talk to them and make them feel special in this time of Christmas season," Michael said.

He is a natural to play Saint Nick.

"When he heard there was an opportunity to be Santa he said, 'I'm your man,'" Chris explained.

"Makes me feel good that I can make people happy this time of year," Michael said.

Michael is sharing his unique gift by bringing happiness and joy to others this Christmas season.

"I hope everybody has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."